UFC 263 ‘Embedded,’ No. 3: ‘I’m not your friend’

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The UFC returns to pay-per-view this Saturday with UFC 263, which means the popular “Embedded” fight week series is back as well.

UFC 263 takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The main card airs live on ESPN + pay-per-view, with prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

The main event is middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) facing Marvin Vettori (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) in a rematch from their split decision in 2018. This time, the stakes are much higher with the title on the line.

The co-main event is a title rematch in the flyweight division, as champ Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) looks to defend his title against Brandon Moreno (18-5-2 MMA, 6-2-2 UFC). Their first meeting was one of the best fights of 2020, resulting in a draw.

The third featured bout is a non-title, five-round fight between fan favorite Nate Diaz (20-12 MMA, 15-10 UFC) and Leon Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC), which was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 262.

The third episode of “Embedded” follows the featured competitors during fight week. Here’s the description from YouTube:

Champ Deiveson Figueiredo gets back to BJJ basics. Leon Edwards preps for a scrap; Marvin Vettori trains his lungs. Champ Israel Adesanya crosses paths with his opponent. Paul Craig absorbs basketball culture. Brandon Moreno arrives to waiting fans.

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