Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, landed hard kicks on his Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, in round one of their fight at the Gila River Arena in Arizona.
The takedown was a good moment for Vettori, but not enough to win him the round.
An Adesanya head kick was blocked by Vettori but the leg kicks continued to land hard. The champ landed an uppercut and just missed with a head kick.
Adesanya threw his legs up and kicked off Vettori’s body to get back to standing, but Vettori kept in close trying for the takedown before Adesanya broke free.
Adesanya slid out of the way of a few Vettori punches and went back to the leg kick before Vettori threw two of his own. Vettori finally grabbed an Adesanya kick and used it to drive through a takedown.
Source: Nigerian Newspapers Online