Israel Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori with ease in the main event of UFC 263. In doing so he retained the middleweight championship and cemented himself as the best fighter in the division.
By and large, the bout between Adesanya and Vettori went as expected. The latter had one notable submission attempt that he ultimately whiffed on, but otherwise the match was largely dominated by Adesanya.
The fight was so one-sided, in fact, that nobody left UFC 263 talking about it.
Rather, all anyone could talk about was one particular sequence between Adesanya and Vettori that occurred with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth round.
The video largely speaks for itself:
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 13, 2021
A closer look confirms that there was no optical illusion at play here, Adesanya genuinely did grab and grope Vettori’s butt.
Adesanya’s sexual preference has been a hot topic of conversation this week, and this incident won’t quell those rumors any.
Unlike his career earnings, which are a matter of public record, the intricate details of his private life are something he keeps close to the vest.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
That said, between this incident and what he did to Paulo Costa last year, there’s a reason why so many people wonder if Adesanya is in fact a little more open with his sexuality than he may have initially let on.
It will be interesting to see how the UFC ultimately responds to what its middleweight champ did. Is a punishment of some sort going to be in order? Time will tell.