‘I’m your f*cking nightmare’: Israel Adesanya, Marvin Vettori get heated in explosive UFC 263 presser
PHOENIX — The bad blood simmering between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori reached an explosive crescendo Thursday afternoon in a rollicking and often incoherent press conference ahead of the pair’s UFC 263 rematch.
Adesanya is set to return to his old stomping grounds at 185 pounds on Saturday to defend his title following a failed attempt to win a second belt from UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in March. The setback marked the first loss of Adesanya’s MMA career, and it’s one Vettori reminded Adesanya of several times at Thursday’s pre-fight press event. But considering the history between the two middleweights — Adesanya defeated Vettori via split decision in April 2018 — the champion was quick to point out the difference between the ways the two have handled their most recent losses.
“I am a man – I step up even if I lost,” Adesanya said in front of a raucous crowd in Phoenix. “Even if I lost, I take it and I accept it and I move on — unlike him. He holds onto that …
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