The anticipation of UFC 263 is finally over. We are just hours away from one of the best cards of this year. The main card is stacked and the prelims include fighters such as Drew Dober vs Brad Ridell and Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart. The weigh-ins were early Friday morning and every fighter made weight. There are fourteen total fights at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Jamahal Hill and Paul Craig get the main card started. Hill is a -325 favorite over Craig, who is a +250 underdog. Craig is on a two-fight win streak and Hill is coming off a victory over Ovince Saint Preux. Hill is still undefeated with eight wins and one no-contest. Craig is 14-4-1. Expect a good blood bath in this one.
The second fight of the main card is Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad. Maia is a +175 underdog and Muhammad is a -225 favorite. Maia, who is 28-10, is coming off a brutal loss to Gilbert Burns. Muhammad, on the other hand, was on a two-fight win streak before a no-contest in March against Leon Edwards because of an eye poke. Belal Muhammad is nine years younger than Maia and hungry, expect him to come out firing!
To some people, this fight will be more exciting than the title fights — the return of Nathan Diaz vs Leon Edwards. Diaz hasn’t fought since he lost in the BMF fight against Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. He is coming into the fight as a +365 underdog. Edwards’ last fight, as mentioned above, ended as a no-contest due to an eye poke against Belal Muhammad, he is the whopping -525 favorite. A lot of fans are going to be rooting for Nate Diaz during the fight, but don’t sleep on Leon.
Coming up on the co-main is the first of two title fights, and Deivison Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno get the two started. They are fighting in a rematch for the men’s flyweight division. The two fighters fought each other last December, which ended in a draw. Before that fight, both had fought and won only 21 days earlier leading to Moreno getting a title shot. Moreno is the +185 underdog and Figueiredo is the -230 favorite. These two fighters might not be the biggest in the world, but they are some of the most dangerous.
Finally, after being able to enjoy those first four fights, it’s time to go over the main event: The rematch of Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. They first fought in April of 2018, and Israel won via decision. Since that fight, Vettori has gone 5-0 and Adesanya has dominated the middleweight division. Adesanya just suffered his first professional mma loss in March when he went up to light heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz. In this fight, Adesanya is a -265 favorite and Vettori is a +210 underdog. If the fight is even half as entertaining as their press conference then we are going to be in for a treat!
This card is stacked from top to bottom, expect great finishes throughout and a lot of blood. Dana White has been outdoing himself with the cards so far this year and we are only half way through it!