UFC 263 in Tweets: Fighters react to Israel Adesanya’s win, Brandon Moreno’s upset

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The simmering rivalry between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori didn’t boil over in the octagon at UFC 263. But Adesanya left no doubt he was the superior fighter with unanimous 50-45 scores at Gila River Arena on Saturday night.

The most explosive display of emotion at Saturday’s event came from Brandon Moreno, who was overcome after upsetting flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-headliner of the night. Moreno became the first Mexican-born champion on the promotion’s roster and left an enduring feel-good moment for the crowd that survived the largely tactical main event.

Here’s what fighters had to say about UFC 263’s main card.

Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori

I’m finishing my next fight , then waiting for my shot ! In due time

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 13, 2021

Rest up, see you soon. @ufc #ufc263

— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) June 13, 2021

I WILL NOT FUMBLE THE BAG TWICE!

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 13, 2021

Good fight @stylebender. Congrats! #UFC263

— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) June 13, 2021

@stylebender you the man!! #UFC263

— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) June 13, 2021

It’s hard to see anyone beating Adesanya at 185lb right now.

His striking and range control is just at another level #UFC263

— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 13, 2021

Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo

Viva Mexico congrats

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) June 13, 2021

Called it!!! Couldn’t have happened for a better guy!!#UFC263

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) June 13, 2021

Viva Mexico

— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) June 13, 2021

Viva Mexico! #ufc263

— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 13, 2021

WOW @theassassinbaby did it!!! Amazing performance you got another champion. And wow Brandon the club that you have joined is amazing!!!!

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 13, 2021

#ufc263 ESO SI QUE ES @theassassinbaby !!! @ufc #MEXICO #ANDNEW

— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) June 13, 2021

Bumping into Brandon Moreno at the apex when we work, I can tell you he is an absolute sweetheart of a man. Couldn’t be happier for him. Congrats champ!

— michael (@bisping) June 13, 2021

Put some respect on BABY ASSASSIN.
What a ride!! This kid deserve it everything .

— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 13, 2021

Good Job Kid!!! @theassassinbaby -CSO- # # AndNew pic.twitter.com/mtDpBJ57a5

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) June 13, 2021

@theassassinbaby Felicidades campeón!

— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) June 13, 2021

The baby assassin

— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) June 13, 2021

Viva Mexico! @theassassinbaby #UFC263

— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) June 13, 2021

Congratulations #Mexico you did it You have yourself a #UFC champion

— BONY (@JonnyBones) June 13, 2021

The first Mexican @UFC champ!

— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) June 13, 2021

@theassassinbaby My new favorite fighter #ufc263

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) June 13, 2021

Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz

THIS IS CRAZY!! #UFC263

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) June 13, 2021

What a WAR

— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 13, 2021

Different breed! All heart

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) June 13, 2021

#UFC263

— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) June 13, 2021

Nate is the shit

— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) June 13, 2021

OMG!! Win or lose THAT’S why Nate is a star!! Always a dog!! #UFC263

— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) June 13, 2021

Nate fuckin Diaz

— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) June 13, 2021

I will knockout Nate Diaz after I knockout Woodley

— Paul Paul (@jakepaul) June 13, 2021

Belal Muhammed def. Demian Maia

WHAT BALANCE AND STRIKING! BEAUTIFUL WORK BY BELAL REMEMBER THE NAME MUHAMMAD @bullyb170 @Valle_Flow #ufc263 @ufc

— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) June 13, 2021

REMEMBER THE NAME!!!! #UFC263

— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) June 13, 2021

Gooooo Bully!!!!! @bullyb170

— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) June 13, 2021

Cerrone vs Maia would be a good last fight for these legends! @danawhite #UFC263

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 13, 2021

Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill

OMG that was nasty! Hill still didn’t tap! #ufc263

— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) June 13, 2021

That was gnarly #UFC263

— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) June 13, 2021

Never mind https://t.co/KzRaXX9rXP

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 13, 2021

Wow #UFC263

— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) June 13, 2021

JIU JITSU! #UFC263

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) June 13, 2021

50k

— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) June 13, 2021

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