UFC 263 Betting Preview
Two title rematches are set to headline UFC 263. Israel Adesanya will defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against Marvin Vettori after beating Vettori as an up and comer three years ago. The other title rematch will feature Deiveson Figueiredo taking on Brandon Moreno with the UFC Flyweight Championship on the line again after their fight in December ended in a draw.
There will be fans in the stands for UFC 263 as this event will be held at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The prelims will get underway on ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 12, and the main event will get underway at 10 p.m. ET.
UFC 263 Betting Odds
Israel Adesanya -265
Marvin Vettori +225
Israel Adesanya suffered his first defeat the last time he entered the Octagon. The Last Stylebender was hoping to become just the fifth UFC fighter to hold titles in separate weight classes, but he lost a unanimous decision to Jan Blachowicz with the light heavyweight strap on the line. Now, Adesanya will look to keep his middleweight belt against Marvin Vettori.
Adesanya is 20-0 as a middleweight. He has defended his belt against Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, and Paulo Costa since winning the interim title against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. He also knocked off prominent fighters like Derek Brunson and Anderson Silva, but his toughest opponent was Vettori.
Vettori lost a split decision to Adesanya a little more than three years ago. Since that defeat, he has won five straight fights. Four of those five wins were by unanimous decision, while the other victory came by submission. Nine of his 17 wins have come by submission, so he will want to grapple and get Adesanya to the ground. If he can do that, he can pull off the upset, since Adesanya doesn’t have a great ground game and has won 15 of his 20 fights by knockout.
Deiveson Figueiredo -225
Brandon Moreno +190
The first fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno ended in a draw after five rounds. Figueiredo would have won the fight if not for an illegal blow in the third round, but Moreno did a good job holding his own against the champion.
Figueiredo still deserves to be a sizable favorite though. He had the shortest time between title defenses in UFC history when he took on Moreno at UFC 256 in December. The champion submitted Alex Perez in the first round of his first title defense three weeks earlier at UFC 255. He has now had six months off to prepare for his second bout against the challenger, and that will give him time to come up with a successful gameplan.
Leon Edwards -600
Nate Diaz +400
This will be the first time that a non-title fight that isn’t the main event at a PPV goes for five rounds. Leon Edwards is a hefty favorite per the UFC betting odds. His last loss came against current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and he won eight straight bouts after that defeat. Edwards took down Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos, but he had to settle for a no contest against Belal Muhammad in March due to an accidental eye poke.
Nate Diaz is one of the biggest names in the UFC, but there is a reason he is a heavy underdog. Diaz has only entered the Octagon three times in the last five years. He lost a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, and he took three years off before stepping in the ring to beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. His loss to Jorge Masvidal was a convincing one, and his best days are behind him.