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Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya defeats Marvin to retain his UFC Middleweight title

Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has once demonstrated his excellence to the world by retaining the middleweight title at the 263rd episode of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Stylebender defeated his Italian opponent, Marvin Vettori to win the title in a unanimous decision. The three judges scored the King 50-45, 50-45, 50-45.

The fight which was held at Gila River Arena in Arizona on Sunday June 13th, 2021 represents a rematch of the first meeting between the two which occurred some three years ago in which Adesanya won with a split decision.

In the campaign leading to the fight, Vettori was so confident in winning due to the close results recorded during the 2018 fight. The Italian believed he won that fight even though the judges clearly scored Adesanya ahead of him.

Vettori, who was very vocal in the pre-fight interview went into this fight with so much hope; however, the resilience and well-calculated strikes from Israel Adesanya were too good for him to prove his strength. 

The Stylebender dominated throughout the game, landing his second with over his opponent. This win means the Nigerian has successfully defended his title for the third time and also remains undefeated in this division.

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