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Video: Adesanya and Vettori get heated, Figueiredo shoves Moreno at UFC 263 press conference face-off

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Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori trade barbs, Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno get physical, and Nate Diaz is cool as a breeze opposite Leon Edwards at the UFC 263 pre-fight press conference face-offs.

UFC 263 Press Conference: Israel Adesanya, Dana White and Marvin Vettori Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Tensions flared between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori, Deiveson Figueiredo got physical with Brandon Moreno, and Nate Diaz was cool as a breeze at the UFC 263 press conference face-offs (watch it). The six top-billers from UFC 263 — which takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., this weekend (Sat., June 12, 2021) — went toe-to-toe on the mic and face-to-face at Thursday’s pre-fight presser.

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Adesanya appeared to agitate Vettori from start to finish. At one point toward the end of the presser, Vettori had to be restrained by UFC staff. He even threw his sunglasses off the table:

Shockingly, the headliners were a little more reserved during their face-off:

Jeremy Stephens and Ion Cutelaba have gotten physical at recent staredowns, but apparently, Figueiredo didn’t get the memo that pushing was a no-no. During what appeared to be a rather calm face-off, the Flyweight champ gave Moreno a firm shove. To the challenger’s credit, Moreno was totally unfazed by the physical contact.

Leon Edwards had competitive words for Diaz during the press conference, but their face-off was rather pedestrian.

UFC 263 will stream live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). The fan-filled event is headlined by a rematch pitting UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya opposite Marvin Vettori. Also on the card is a Flyweight title rematch between division champion, Deiveson Figueiredo, and No. 1-seeded challenger, Brandon Moreno.


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