UFC 263 live results
UFC 263 has finally arrived. The 14-fight card kicks off with the early preliminaries at 6 pm ET on UFC Fight Pass. Action then switches over to ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 pm ET, for the featured set of prelim bouts. That is followed by the main card pay-per-view at 10 pm ET, exclusively on ESPN+. Our UFC 263 live results will be updated throughout the night following the conclusion of each bout.
The event is headlined by two championship rematches. First, in the co-main event, Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his flyweight title against Brandon Moreno. As the pair look to top their “fight of the year” candidate scrap from 2020. While in the main event, Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori will compete in a rematch three years in the making, but this time for Adesanya’s middleweight title.
UFC 263 live results: Carlos Felipe out boxes Jake Collier for third straight win
To open UFC 263, Carlos Felipe did to Jake Collier what he has done to his last two foes. Boxed, pushed the pace, talked trash, and boxed some more. Despite being the more technical fighter early, “The Prototype” could not hold up to the consistent pace of “Boi” over three rounds, and the Brazilian was awarded a unanimous decision by the judges, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Felipe moves to 11-1 and seems primed for a bout with a top-15 fighter in his next outing. As for Collier, his UFC run of alternating wins and losses in the Octagon continues.
Fares Ziam survives late rush from Luigi Vendramini to earn a decision victory
For the first two rounds, Fares Ziam versus Luigi Vendramini was a one-sided affair. As the Frenchman employed a smart long game, working his offense and staying out of any danger from the Brazilian. However, a late blitzkrieg in the final round put an obvious victory in peril for “Smile Killer.” As he seemingly was hurt, and controlled for much of the round on the mat. In the end, the 24-year-old did enough to win a unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-28.
Ziam now moves to 2-1 in the UFC while the 25-year-old “Italian Stallion” drops to 1-2 inside the Octagon.
Peterson shows experience gap, beats up and manages Chase Hooper for unanimous decision win
Chase Hooper seemed to try every move in his grappling book to ground and submit Steven Peterson. However, the 19-fight veteran had an answer at every turn for “The Dream.” There were a few moments where the 21-year-old had an advantageous position, but he could never turn them into a fight-ending or momentum turning moments.
When not fighting off his opponent’s grappling advances, “Ocho” did a good job of beating up his 10 years younger foe and making him pay for attempting to snatch up limbs. After three rounds, Peterson earned the unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28. The Texan now evens his Octagon record at 3-3 and has won two straight in the promotion. Hooper loses for just the second time and continues to show that while he’s talented, is far from a finished product.
Terrance McKinney knockouts out Matt Frevola in seven seconds then blows out knee in celebration
This one did not last long. Seven seconds as a matter of face. Terrance McKinney and Matt Frevola touched gloves, then “T. Wrecks” hit him with a swift two-piece and the technical knockout came right after. It is the fastest finish in UFC history. What a debut for the native of Washington, and a stunning record finish for the now 2-3-1 “Steamrolla.”
Kianzad outworks Davis for unanimous decision win in competitive scrap
Pannie Kianzad versus Alexis Davis was not a wild melee with spinning kicks and crazy technique,but both women landed many shots on the other and did notable damage. Kianzad was technically superior with her boxing, but Davis scored on a bunch of thudding low kicks, and some solid punches over their three rounds of fighting. Overall, “Banzai” was more efficient and accurate throughout the bout.
And it seemed clear to the judges as well as she won the fight on all three scorecards 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. The eleventh ranked bantamweight moves to 5-2 in the UFC and how now won four straight in the Octagon and called for a bout with Raquel Pennington next. The former title challenger in “Ally-Gator” has lost four of her last five.
Movsar Evloev puts on a wrestling clinic in mostly dominant win over Hakeem Dawodu
Movsar Evloev took Hakeem Dawodu to wrestling class at UFC 263. In every round, the fourteenth-ranked Russian was able to take down “Mean,” work to back position, and control for however long he wanted. He was even able to beat up his fifteenth-ranked foe from the position as well. That doesn’t mean the fight went off without a hitch. In the final round, Dawodu did seem to stun Evloev, but when things got too hot the fight was taken right back to the mat.
The 27-year-old was so clearly dominant at times with his wrestling, that all three judges (in a rare show of judging consensus outside of 10-9 rounds) gave him a 10-8 round in route to a 29-27, 29-27, and 29-27 win. The loss ends a five-fight win streak for Dawodu and could knock him out of the rankings in a talent-rich division. While Evloev moves to an impressive 15-0 and has won five straight in the Octagon.
Lauren Murphy wins fifth straight and positions herself as top contender to Valentina Shevchenko
After a first-round where Joanna Calderwood’s speed advantages seemed to be problematic for Lauren Murphy, the third-ranked flyweight switched up strategies and made it a grappling battle in the second. Something she won handily at. That was a wake-up call for “Jojo” in the third round and she stuffed every takedown attempt by “Lucky,” outworked her on the feet, and landed punches and kicks with consistency throughout the round.
However, with the first round being competitive, and a dominant second round, Murphy got the nods from the judges in a very important 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 win over the sixth-ranked fighter in the division. It is her fifth straight win and makes her the most obvious choice for a bout with flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko next. Calderwood has now lost three of her last five.
Eryk Anders out grapples (not in a good way) Darren Stewart for unanimous decision win
It’s weird to say a fight that ended in one round from an illegal knee was better than the rematch, but that was the story of Eryk Anders and Darren Stewart running back their March booking. For two men known for their power and ability to finish, this fight ended up being an all-out grappling match. But not an entertaining one as the pair often battled to a stalemate on the cage throughout the fight.
In this particular grappling match, “Ya Boi” did more to score enough points. Especially in the third where he was able to reverse a takedown, control from the top, and score some solid ground-and-pound. The judges scored the fight for the Alabama native 29-28, 29-27, and 29-27.
Brad Riddell wins seventh straight in bombers battle against Drew Dober
Drew Dober and Brad Riddell easily had the best fight on the prelims at UFC 263. Both bombed away with hooks early and often. Dober hurt the New Zealander early in the first and seemed primed for a finish, but Riddell battled back and swung the momentum late in the round and into the second. Landing the sort of shots that proved Dober has one hell of a chin.
With about 20 seconds left, “Quake” finally landed a shot that stunned the native of Nebraska. It was a pivotal moment as he finished strong in a close round. And it proved beneficial as he got the nod with a score of 29-28 on all three judges’ cards. The win moves Riddell to 10-1, and he’s been victorious in seven straight. Beating the thirteenth-ranked man at lightweight likely gets him a spot on the rankings next week. For Dober, he has now lost two straight after a submission loss to Islam Makhachev in March.
Main Card (10 pm ET, ESPN+)
Paul Craig dislocates Jamahal Hills arm to open UFC 263 PPV
Going into the fight between Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill, there were questions of if Hill would be able to deal with the ground skills of Craig. A man with the second most submissions in UFC light heavyweight history. Those concerns were proven right as Craig pulled guard, locked up Hill’s arm, transitioned the hold into an armbar, and mangled “Sweet Dreams'” limb.
The worst part was the referee did not notice the lifeless arm at first and let the fight continue. It was eventually stopped when Hill could not defend ground strikes with one arm. “Bearjew” is now unbeaten in his last five and is in line for another fight night bonus. For Hill, it is the Michigan native’s first career loss and one he won’t soon forget.
Belal Muhammad stuffs 20 takedown attempts in win over Demian Maia
Following the blueprint of men like Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman, and Colby Convington before him, Belal Muhammad was able to completely shut down the takedown game of Demian Maia at UFC 263. Without a doubt, the 43-year-old welterweight great was game and never was deterred in trying to get the fight to the ground, but “Remember the Name” was up to the task at every turn for a full 15 minutes. And when he wasn’t defending takedowns he was landing strikes where he could, and scoring points throughout the fight.
It made it an easy decision for the judges as they scored the fight 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28 for the Chicago native. Even at an advanced age, a win over a ninth-ranked Maia and is a major achievement and the biggest win of his career. The twelfth-ranked Muhammad is now unbeaten in his last six and set to get some more top-10 competition in his next outing.
Leon Edwards easily outclasses Nate Diaz, and survives last minute scare, in dominant decision win
There was a reason Leon Edwards was a big favorite heading into his matchup with Nate Diaz. And through five rounds he proved odds makers completely right. He was the faster, stronger and more technical fighter. Which was no surprise. However, when it came to MMA grappling, the Englishman proved too much for Diaz there as well. Escaping any dangerous situations with composure and controlling clinches against the cage.
There was a late scare with a minute left in the fifth where Edwards was legitimately hurt and had to survive, however, it was an outstanding performance for “Rocky” nonetheless. The judges scored it for Edwards 49-46 on all three cards. As the current third ranked fighter in the division, and with a 10-fight unbeaten streak in hand, he is the undoubted next man in line if a bout with Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington isn’t made first. There is no other option.
Brandon Moreno out hustles then submits Deiveson Figueiredo to become new flyweight champion
It was one of the most highly anticipated championship rematches in UFC flyweight history. After a “fight of the year” candidate scrap in 2020, the fight world was curious about what we would get out of Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno at UFC 263. In the end, it wasn’t about what both could offer in the runback, but how Moreno proved he is now the best flyweight in the world, by submitting Figueiredo in the third round.
Throughout the fight he was often the better striker–flooring the champion in the first round with a jab–and the better wrestler. As he took the Brazilian down in every round, with the most important being in the third when he worked to back control and sunk in a fight ending submission to become the new flyweight champion of the world.
Israel Adesanya controls and dominates Marvin Vettori in unanimous decision win
Every round of Israel Adesanya versus Marvin Vettori looked similar. The champ was faster, defended takedowns, and showed amazing reflexes in standing in the pocket, making the Italian miss and score in his own right. Which is par for the course from the middleweight title holder. Outside of solid rear naked choke attempt, Vettori did not offer much danger and “The Last Stylebender” controlled and showed a complete MMA game on the feet, and on the ground. Defending takedowns on the cage or getting back up in the few occasions Vettori could ground him.
Adesanya won the unanimous decision easily 50-45 on all three cards. He is still the middleweight champion of the world and suggested Robert Whittaker could be next in line for a title shot.Join the discussion on this topic...