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Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by scoredcard247: 6:19am On Jun 13
Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight belt after defeating Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, at the Gila River Arena in Arizona on Sunday.

He won via a unanimous decision – 50-45, 50-45, 50-45.

The win is Adesanya’s third title defence after losing to Jan Blachowicz in a bid to add the light heavyweight title to his laurels.

Adesanya showed improvements on his groundwork as he expertly untangled himself from all of Vettori’s takedowns.

Renowned as one of the best strikers in the division, the 31-year-old landed several leg shots and jabs as he dimmed Vettori’s dream of becoming the first Italian UFC champion.

It is the second time both fighters faced themselves in the UFC with Adesanya running out victorious via split decision in their first meeting in April 2018, which was the Nigerian’s second outing in the UFC franchise.

Both fighters have had heated conversations on social media and during press conferences but Adesanya had said he was ready to defend his title and rule the middleweight division after failing to secure the light heavyweight title from Poland’s Jan Blachowicz last March.

He earlier promised to send the Italian to the floor in the second round but the fight ended at Round five.

Vettori attempted to make history early Sunday morning as he looks to dethrone Nigerian Israel Adesanya to become Italy’s first UFC titleholder.

Vettori, ranked third in the division, has won five straight bouts leading into this championship tussle.

Vettori is unofficially nicknamed “Angry Marvin” appropriately as he brings an aggressive, bar-room-brawling stand-up style to his fights. His footwork and movement are choppy, forcing him to rely on his power and belligerent forward pressure as opposed to any fluidity of movement or defensive evasiveness.

Adesanya entered the fight off a March loss to Blachowicz in a battle for Blachowicz’s light heavyweight title.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Fahdiga1: 6:21am On Jun 13
Nigeria to the world

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by jamoscofield(m): 6:22am On Jun 13
So sad he won. I placed Vettori to win fa. 4.00odd thinking he's gonna be wrestled the way JAN did but I was disappointed. My 100K �. It's all good sha. So what's next for IZZY. I wish Kamaru can move up to challenge him. Let it be a fight to honour BUBU outta ASO rock.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Gullah: 6:27am On Jun 13
Very Easy night for stylebender, vettori was never a threat throughout the five rounds.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Tookool(m): 6:29am On Jun 13
I won 2 million naira from that fight

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Gullah: 6:31am On Jun 13
jamoscofield:
So sad he won. I placed Vettori to win fa. 4.00odd thinking he's gonna be wrestled the way JAN did but I was disappointed. My 100K �. It's all good sha. So what's next for IZZY. I wish Kamaru can move up to challenge him. Let it be a fight to honour BUBU outta ASO rock.

Scofield has spoken
Lol, it's good you lost your money, next time you'll learn never to bet against stylebender. I haven't seen anyone that can beat him in that middleweight division. At least not yet, the closest challenge he can have is from Robert Whittaker and I think Israel is still too far superior to him in terms of striking abilities. Don't forget the lesson, NEVER bet against stylebender in a middleweight division fight.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by DonBenny77(m): 6:34am On Jun 13
Tookool:
I won 2 million naira from that fight
Bros find me 10k, abeg

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Kriss216: 6:35am On Jun 13
DonBenny77:

Bros find me 10k, abeg
cheesy cheesy

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by jamoscofield(m): 6:40am On Jun 13
Tookool:
I won 2 million naira from that fight

Show proof or Getat

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by jamoscofield(m): 6:42am On Jun 13
Gullah:

Lol, it's good you lost your money, next time you'll learn never to bet against stylebender. I haven't seen anyone that can beat him in that middleweight division. At least not yet, the closest challenge he can have is from Robert Whittaker and I think Israel is still too far superior to him in terms of striking abilities. Don't forget the lesson, NEVER bet against stylebender in a middleweight division fight.

You've spoken the truth. I've learnt my lesson. But bros reduce this debt for me na. Make I send Aza? �.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by ikllbrokehoes(m): 6:52am On Jun 13
Fahdiga1:
Nigeria to the world
New Zealander to the world

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by chiboyo(m): 7:01am On Jun 13
Expectedly, but I wish it was a TKO victory..

A breathe of fresh news about Nigeria for a change.

Nigeria will be great again!

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by paulolee(m): 7:08am On Jun 13
congrats to him for making Nigeria proud...a big win for yesterday democracy day..
I dedicate that win to all the gallant men dt came out to protest yesterday...it wasn't easy bt the message was passsed..

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by paulolee(m): 7:09am On Jun 13
Tookool:
I won 2 million naira from that fight
Mk I still send my gtb aza or u still get am for ur fone?

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by DubaiLandLord1: 7:31am On Jun 13
jamoscofield:
So sad he won. I placed Vettori to win fa. 4.00odd thinking he's gonna be wrestled the way JAN did but I was disappointed. My 100K �. It's all good sha. So what's next for IZZY. I wish Kamaru can move up to challenge him. Let it be a fight to honour BUBU outta ASO rock.
You get mind to bet against the Stylebender o shocked

In that his category, I don't see anyone defeating him for now.

I don't wish Kamoru will move up to challenge him, make dem both they their lane dey dominate abeg.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Maxymilliano(m): 7:32am On Jun 13
He has shut vettori's Italian fans up. I am happy for this victory. What a way to silence ur enemies

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Tookool(m): 7:45am On Jun 13
paulolee:

Mk I still send my gtb aza or u still get am for ur fone?
I still get am

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Tookool(m): 7:47am On Jun 13
DonBenny77:

Bros find me 10k, abeg
My guy dey gimme amount wey I go givam

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by 1kinggy(m): 7:52am On Jun 13
jamoscofield:
So sad he won. I placed Vettori to win fa. 4.00odd thinking he's gonna be wrestled the way JAN did but I was disappointed. My 100K �. It's all good sha. So what's next for IZZY. I wish Kamaru can move up to challenge him. Let it be a fight to honour BUBU outta ASO rock.

Are they in the same weight class? Who is in the heavier weight class?
Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by vincentjk(m): 7:54am On Jun 13
Israel adesanya and kamaru usman and Anthony Joshua be making us proud anyday.

Naija get mad talent in every angle just be say na buhari and em people dey fall our hand.

But thank God twitter don make the whole world sabi people wen dey draw us go back for this country already.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Damidave1124(m): 7:54am On Jun 13
Stylebender is a born winner... Keep dominating that division. Nigeria to the world

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by sammy7410(m): 7:54am On Jun 13
Him and ------ is next

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Okortor: 7:54am On Jun 13
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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by mancoconut: 7:55am On Jun 13
Izzy completely dominated that loud mouthed Italian, easy work for the stylebender.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by taiwotimitt: 7:56am On Jun 13
Grraaaaraaaa what?

Ma gba e lese lelun Iwo olododo burukuyi....

More wins Israel

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by ipodstinks: 7:56am On Jun 13
Omo Yoruba atata

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Obanaijacom: 7:56am On Jun 13
Nice one �

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by emmabest2000(m): 7:57am On Jun 13
Afo-nja's sabi boxing like kilode grin

Congratulations dude

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Nwaezeudo: 7:58am On Jun 13
Good one! It can only come from West or South. Never from the Northern parasites and bunch of terrorists.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Title, Defeats Vettori by Kingfragz: 7:58am On Jun 13
Make dis guy come give buhari one punch man...abeg undecided

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