Israel Adesanya returns from a one-fight detour at light heavyweight in order to defend the title in the division he rules, putting his middleweight belt on the line against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 on Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona.
The main card at Gila River Arena will be on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here. The five-fight PPV card begins at 10 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. and early prelims on ESPN+ at 6.
Adesanya (20-1), who suffered his first loss in a March challenge of 205-pound champion Jan Blachowicz, is back in his usual domain to fight a rematch with Vettori, who he edged by split decision in 2018. Adesanya, a Nigeria-born New Zealander, is No. 3 in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings and No. 1 at middleweight.
Vettori (17-4-1) has won all five of his fights since the first Adesanya bout. The Italian is ranked sixth among middleweights by ESPN.
The co-main event is also a title fight -- and also a rematch. Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) defends his flyweight ntitle against Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) in a rematch of a December bout that ended in a majority draw. The champ is No. 8 in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings and No. 1 among 125-pounders, with Moreno right behind in t5he divisional top 10.
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Saturday's fight card
ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Marvin Vettori | Middleweight
Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs. Brandon Moreno | Men's flyweight
Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz | Welterweight
Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad | Welterweight
Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill | Light heavyweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
Drew Dober vs. Brad Riddell | Lightweight
Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart | Light heavyweight
Lauren Murphy vs. Joanne Calderwood | Women's flyweight
Movsar Evloev vs. Hakeem Dawodu | Men's featherweight
ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Pannie Kianzad vs. Alexis Davis | Women's bantamweight
Frank Camacho vs. Matt Frevola | Lightweight
Chase Hooper vs. Steven Peterson | Men's featherweight
Fares Ziam vs. Luigi Vendramini | Lightweight
Carlos Felipe vs. Jake Collier | Heavyweight
(c) = defending champion