UFC 263 preview: Stacked fight card brings MMA back into the limelight, PLUS Mayweather-Paul reviewed


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It's been quite the week in combat sports, with a UFC fight night card in Las Vegas dwarfed by the crazy goings-on in Miami as Floyd Mayweather's mismatch world tour continued against Logan Paul.
However, "The Maverick" turned out to be a much more tricky opponent than even Mayweather himself thought he'd be, as the YouTuber bit down on his gumshield and, despite being comprehensively outboxed, made it to the end of their eight-round exhibition bout at the Hard Rock Stadium.
But, with the hoop-la and ludicrousness of Mayweather's latest money-printing appearance now in the history books, the UFC is ready to show the world what elite-level combat sport looks like with an absolutely stacked card of fights this Saturday night.
UFC 263 features a pair of world title fights, as pound-for-pound star Israel Adesanya returns to middleweight looking to retain his title – and keep his perfect record at 185 pounds – following his unsuccessful tilt at Jan Blachowicz's light-heavyweight title.
Adesanya takes on Marvin Vettori, the only middleweight to have defeated the Kiwi in the eyes of an official judge following "The Last Stylebender's" split-decision win over the Italian in their first meeting.
Adesanya may have the star power, but the co-main event could steal the show, as flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and challenger Brandon Moreno renew hostilities after their brilliant first meeting at UFC 256 was scored a majority draw.
And there's a five-round welterweight feature on the main card, as England's own Leon Edwards takes on Nate Diaz in a fight that could, one way or another, go a long way to determining the welterweight title picture for the second half of the year.
Below those three fights, the card is stacked from top to tail, with three more Brits, Scotland's Paul Craig and Joanne Calderwood, plus England's Darren Stewart, also set for action in pivotal bouts in their respective careers.
It all adds up to a packed show of review and preview chat as we pick through last week's action before setting the table for a huge night of fights this coming weekend.
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