UFC 263 Reportedly Headed to Phoenix

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The upcoming UFC 263 fight card will reportedly go down in Phoenix, Arizona.

UFC 263 is scheduled for June 12 and will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Marvin Vettori. While those details have been public knowledge for some time, however, the location of the card was a mystery until earlier this week.

On Monday, MMA news website MMA Island. reported that the card will go down in Phoenix—either at the city's Gila River Resort or the Phoenix Suns Arena. According to Italian MMA reporter Al Zullino, Vettori subsequently confirmed that news on his personal podcast.

UFC 263’s Adesanya vs. Vettori main event will be a rematch of a 2018 fight that the former won by split decision—though there was no title on the line in that first meeting.

In addition this dynamite middleweight title fight, the card will feature a flyweight title rematch between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and challenger Brandon Moreno, who battled to a draw last December. Other highlights of the lineup include a welterweight fight between Belal Muhammad and Demian Maia and a lightweight fight between Drew Dober and Brad Riddell.

See the current main card—which is subject to change—below.

UFC 263 Main Card

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill
  • Drew Dober vs. Brad Riddell

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The UFC has yet to confirm Phoenix as the location of UFC 263, but the promotion is expected to do so soon. Tickets are likely to go on sale shortly thereafter.

While many sports. organization have struggled to find ways to get fans back into the stands, UFC President Dana White has made it clear that he wants all major UFC cards to include live crowds going forward. UFC 263 in Phoenix is unlikely to be an exception to that rule.

“I think just the whole getting through Covid, doing it safely, being the first one to come back and then doing this tonight with a full, indoor crowd (is a big milestone),” White told Rolling Stone.at the UFC 261 post-fight press conference. “We Covid-tested this whole week with the athletes and us (staff members and media), I Covid-tested all week and everybody was good and we did it again. It’s time to get back to normal. I know a lot of you guys in the media don’t feel exactly the way I do about a lot of things, but you can’t deny it felt pretty fucking good to be in Florida this week and be normal.”

The UFC has promoted three events in Phoenix previously. The last was in February of 2019. That card, which also marked the promotion’s debut on ESPN, was headlined by Francis Ngannou’s first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

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