Adesanya picks apart Vettori in shut out to retain title

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JUNE 12: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Marvin Vettori of Italy in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 263 event at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JUNE 12: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Marvin Vettori of Italy in their UFC middleweight champion battle throughout the UFC 263 occasion at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Picture by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

If Jan Blachowicz revealed the course to plan for beating Israel Adesanya, Marvin Vettori didn’t detect it. It was Adesanya, not Vettori, who appeared to gain from that light heavyweight title battle that Blachowicz won.

Adesanya was dazzling Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC 263, maintaining his middleweight champion with a nothing of the third-ranked Italian opposition. Vettori attempted, as Blachowicz carried out in February to get the middleweight champ down.

However on the celebrations that Vettori succeeded, Adesanya handled to get up each time and utilized his huge edge in striking to control the battle.

Adesanya battled less than a month after his good friend and training partner, Fau Vake, was killed in New Zealand. He laid the belt on the canvas at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arena, dropped to his knees and bowed his head in memory of Vake.

“Fau Vake, I love you man,” Adesanya stated. “This fight I dedicate to you.”

It was a perfect efficiency by Adesanya, whose striking was on point throughout. He kicked Vettori’s left leg consistently and at one point, kicked it out from under him.

He revealed his wizardry with his hands, too, averting strikes and after that linking to the chin consistently. He blended things up and was tossing low and high kicks, lefts and rights and Vettori never ever understood where, or where, the strikes were originating from.

Vettori strangely believed he won the battle, although his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, was pleading with him after every round to get the rate and get more aggressive.

He got a number of takedowns, however unlike in their very first battle in 2018, Vettori wasn’t able to hold him down. Adesanya would work his method back to his feet and go on to select Vettori apart.

He never ever dropped Vettori with punches or seriously harmed him, however there was little doubt that Adesanya was in command throughout.

After the battle, he called out previous champ Robert Whittaker, whom he knocked out in the 2nd round in Australia in 2019.

“We need to run that back in Auckland, in my territory this time,” Adesanya stated. “Why? I’m the f***ing king, b****!”

There was little doubt that on this night, Adesanya was king of the cage. Vettori had little to threaten him and Adesanya was, as he has actually been throughout the majority of his reign, dominant.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.