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Who won Adesanya vs Vettori III?
Israel Adesanya beat Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 263, on Saturday 12th June 2021 at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Israel Adesanya.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Vettori III stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the ring with a record of 20 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Marvin Vettori made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, with 2 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.
The stats suggested Adesanya had a massive power advantage over Vettori, boasting at 75% knock out percentage over Vettori's 13%.
Israel Adesanya was the older man by 4 years, at 32 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 4 inches over Vettori. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 months earlier than Vettori, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 8 less professional rounds, 49 to Vettori's 57.
Adesanya vs Vettori III form
Adesanya had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had won against Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
He had defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Vettori's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.