Israel Adesanya schooled Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC 263, to successfully defend his middleweight title for the third time. Adesanya won the fight via. unanimous decision, scoring 50-45, on all three judges’ scorecard. He didn’t have much problem defending the takedowns and the submission attempts of ‘The Italian Dream’.
Following his victory, Israel Adesanya sat down at the post-fight press conference to explain that he saw Vettori’s “soul leave his eyes” at one point during a fight. He went on to reveal that, he had asked Vettori if he was scared, before going to acknowledge and give props to the Italian’s toughness.
“But he’s tough, I’ll give him that” – Israel Adesanya on Marvin Vettori
Adesanya was quoted as saying, “There was a point — my favorite bit of the fight, actually — when he thought he had a rear-naked choke on me and he probably got excited like, ‘Yes, this is it, my moment, ahhh. I wasn’t even bothered, I wasn’t threatened. I turned it [over] on him and I put my hand on his neck, you know, that X-rated sh*t when you choke someone and you look them in the eyes. I swear to god, I saw his soul leave his eyes.” [via MMA Fighting]
“I said to him, ‘You’re scared, aren’t you?’ I said that to him, find the tape. I felt very powerful at that moment taking his soul away. But he’s tough, I’ll give him that. He’s tough, but that moment for me was very powerful because I took hope away from him.” [via MMA Fighting]
This win for Adesanya against Vettori was undoubtedly more comprehensive than his split decision victory back when they fought in April 2018. There is little to no chance of seeing these two together again in a trilogy bout.
Marvin Vettori calls out Paulo Costa
Vettori, on the other hand, spoke to BT Sport following his defeat at UFC 263. He just had violent intentions for one fighter- Paulo Costa. The Italian Dream claimed that he wanted to destroy the number 2 ranked middleweight contender.
“I like to really destroy this drunk guy that can’t even stay of drinking, and it’s Borrachinha [Paulo Costa]. Either way, I’m as game as it comes, I always show up. There is no one fight, I didn’t show up. You can count on me, when there is a fight, there is a date, I’ll show up.” [via BT Sport]
These claims come in the wake of Costa pulling out of a fight against Jared Cannonier, scheduled for a UFC Fight Night on the 21st of August, later this year.