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UFC 263: Israel Adesanya retains middleweight title with leg kick masterclass over Marvin Vettori

AND STILL

ISRAEL ADESANYA is still the UFC middleweight champion of the world following a dominant victory in his rematch with bitter rival Marvin Vettori.

The Last Stylebender locked horns with the Italian Dream early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tensions between the pair have high ever since their first meeting three years ago at the very same arena, where Adesanya recorded a split-decision victory over the Mezzacorona mauler.

And The Nigerian-born Kiwi put an end to their rivalry with a striking masterclass, which earned him a unanimous decision victory.

Vettori, 27, went into his second meeting With Adesanya brimming with confidence.

He told SunSport: "He's got sharper in some things. But he didn't add new tools or anything.

"He's just got sharper, yeah. He's been training, but that's about it."

Kings MMA's Vettori believes he's come on leaps and bounds since their fight, adding: "I'm a whole different animal.

"I really believe I've improved way, way more than what he's improved."

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