ISRAEL ADESANYA is back in action tonight in the main event of UFC 263 - which also includes Nate Diaz's return to the Octagon.
Adesanya, 31, suffered the first loss of his career fighting up at light-heavyweight at UFC 259, and has dropped back down in weight to defend his UFC Middleweight title in a rematch against Italian Marvin Vettori.
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UFC 263 full fight card
Main card (from 3am)Main card (from 3am BST live on BT SPORT 1/ ESPN+)
Israel Adesanya (c) vs Marvin Vettori (UFC Middleweight title - main event)
Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs Brandon Moreno (UFC Flyweight title - co-main)
Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz (Welterweight)
Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad (Welterweight)
Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight)
Prelims (from 1am live on BT SPORT 1/ ESPN+)
Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell (Lightweight)
Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart (Light Heavyweight)
Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood (Women’s Flyweight)
Early prelims (from 11pm BST LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS APP)
Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis (Women Bantamweight)
Frank Camacho vs Matt Frevola (Lightweight)
Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson (Featherweight)
Leon Edwards lands a nasty one-two right off the bat. Edwards drops Nate Diaz with a beautiful Thai sweep that sucks the energy out of the pro-Diaz crowd.
Diaz lands a step-in elbow before clinching on the fence. They break.
Edwards is continuing to find a home for his left hand.
Diaz is pouring it on. A left hand lands for the Stockton slugger who has Edwards on the back foot on the fence.
Edwards reverses position and is is back to the centre of the octagon.
Diaz lands a straight left but eats a one-two for his troubles.
Edwards lands a nasty left uppercut which he follows up with a huge left hand.
Diaz rocks Edwards. Edwards is in survival mode. Diaz is going in for the kill but Edwards has done well to survive so far.
Diaz is pouring it on. The buzzer goes and Edwards survives. What an end to the fight.
Leon Edwards opens up with a big right kick to the body of Nate Diaz.
Diaz lands a big one-two on the chin of Edwards that draws a reaction from the Jamaican-born Brit.
Huge left hand lands for Edwards. That show has drawn a thumbs up from Diaz.
Sneaky trip from Edwards draws a big creation from the crowd. Edwards is starting to have his way with Diaz here.
Edwards narrowly misses a huge elbow.
Diaz lands a one-two that gets the crowd going. Edwards, however, is stick to the game plan and picking apart Diaz's legs.
Big elbow lands for Edwards, who has opened up Diaz again.
Another left hand lands for Rocky. Diaz is ridiculously tough.
The buzzer goes.
Nate Diaz stings Leon Edwards early. They exchange in close and Edwards comes dangerously close to landing a huge elbow.
Edwards puts Diaz on the back foot with a nasty jab.
Diaz is somewhat frustrated with home the fight is going and is adopting. amore aggressive approach.
They clinch up against the cage. Neither man is able to inflict any damage and they separate.
Diaz checks a leg kick from Edwards, who is more than happy to operate on the outside.
They clinch against the cage again. Takedown for Edwards, who dropping strikes in side control.
Edwards opens up Diaz with a nasty elbow. Diaz is bleeding badly.
Herb Dean breifly stops the fight. Edwards goes to touch gloves after the restart but Diaz slaps his hand away.
Edwards doesn't like it and flips Diaz the bird.
Another nasty leg kick lands for Edwards. Edwards takes Diaz's back after taking him down by the fence.
Diaz works his way back to his feet. Edwards lands a nasty spinning elbow up against the fence.
Leon Edwards is pawing at Nate Diaz with his jab but is using them to set up his jab.
Diaz's movement already appears to be compromised, although he's doing a good job not showing he's hurt.
Edwards tags Diaz with left hand and follows up with a left body kick.
Diaz briefly plays possum, much to the delight of the crowd.
Edwards tags Diaz with. aright hook before returning back to the lead leg.
Diaz tags Rocky. A flurry of punches are thown and they clinch.
Edwards brings the fight down to the ground and is working in Diaz's guard.
Heel hook attempt from Diaz. Edwards is in a bad situation here. But he manages to escape.
Edwards slams another leg kick into the meat of Diaz's lead thigh. Diaz briefly switches to orthodox.
A big left hand lands for Diaz but is immediately met with a counter right from Edwards.
They clinch up against the cage before the buzzer goes.
Leon Edwards immediately takes the centre of the octagon as the crowd bellows of chants of 'Diaz, Diaz.'
Nate Diaz is trying to get Edwards out of his game by feigning interest and then attacking.
He blitzes but gets tagged with a big left hand.
Edwards is working Diaz's lead leg with nasty, nasty kicks.
Diaz has been tentative with his approach so far and is allowed Edwards to stalk him.
Edwards tags the TUF winner with a nasty straight left.
Diaz lands draws a big reaction from the crowd. They clinch and they're now back on the fence.
Leon brings the fight to the ground and has taken Diaz's back. That's a huge, huge moment in the fight.
Diaz tries to scramble but is unable to shake Edwards off. Great control from Edwards.
Diaz gets back to guard and returns to his feet seconds before the buzzer.
Round one to Edwards.
COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED
Leon Edwards is the picture of cool as he makes his way to the octagon, busting a move as he's checked out by the commission.
Let's see if that translates to a stellar performance in the biggest fight of his career.
PEOPLE'S MAIN EVENT TIME
We are just moments away from the return of Nate Diaz.
The fan favourite is about to throw down with in-form Brit Leon Edwards.
This fight is going to be an absolute barnburner, folks.
MUHAMMAD GETS THE NOD
Belal Muhammad defeats UFC legend Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
The judges scored the contest 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in the Palestinian-American's favour.
That's ten wins inside the Octagon for Remember the Name.
Demian Maia hasn't switched up his method of attack and has once again seen his numerous takedown attempts stuffed by Muhammad.
Muhammad has done incredibly well to avoid being grounded by the Brazilian and landed great shots on the advancing future UFC Hall-of-Famer.
Remember The Name should get the nod.
Demian Maia has worked tirelessly to bring the fight to the groind and has had no success.
Much like the first round, belal Muhammad's takedown defence has been on point.
The Palestinian-America's takedown defence has given him renewed confidence, which has transitioned to his striking.
Maia has it all to do in the third and final round/
Demian Maia, unsurprisingly, has looked to take the fight down to the ground.
Belal Muhammad has done a stellar job defending the BJJ expert's attempts to ground the fight and is getting the better of the exchanges.
Tough round to score given Maia's lack of success with takedowns and Muhammad's lack of striking.
MAIA VS MUHAMMAD
Up next is an interesting welterweigt showdown between veteran Demian Maia and Belal Muhammad.
Both men are in completely different stages of their respective careers, with BJJ expect Maia at the tale-end of his time as a fighter and Muhammad looking to mount a title run.
This should be an interesting one, folks.