You can always count on big UFC cards to have their fair share of celebrities.
Saturday’s UFC 263 was no exception, with Justin Bieber pulling up along with Toronto Maple Leafs players Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen to watch the action-packed event.
Look who’s here for a good time 👀 @JustinBieber
— UFC (@ufc) June 13, 2021
Bieber said he wasn’t in the mood for predictions, but rather just there “for a good time.”
Many were quick to point out that various media outlets – including the UFC themselves, ESPN, and TSN – didn’t acknowledge all three members of the friend group, who have been pals for a few years.
In UFC and ESPN’s case, they only mentioned Bieber, while TSN pointed out Matthews as well, but left out Andersen.
The NHL is going to ESPN and they put out that Bieber is at UFC and didn’t even mention Matthews/Andersen https://t.co/0L0kvLLTAe
— World Hockey Report (@worldhockeyrpt) June 13, 2021
I love that the UFC highlighted Justin Bieber showing up but didn’t even acknowledge Auston Matthews with him 💀
— ryan 🛸 (@OTCeIIy) June 13, 2021
There were, of course, a few jokes sent at Matthews due to the way the Leafs’ season ended:
Look at that Auston Matthews and Justin Bieber sighting
Auston Matthews knows very well what it's like to be Jamahal Hill tonight…getting knocked out in the first round pic.twitter.com/OrRpY0PAkE
— Ian Cameron (@bobano) June 13, 2021
Auston Matthews trending in June… you know he must be out with Bieber cause it sure isn’t for hockey pic.twitter.com/s0QSbSpRjj
— Steve C. 🇨🇦 (@CriticalHabsFan) June 13, 2021
Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya came out on top in the main event over Italian Marvin Vettori, defending his middleweight title with a five-round unanimous decision.
Brandon Moreno became Mexico’s first-ever UFC champion with his second-round submission victory over Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo in the flyweight title fight.
American Nate Diaz’s return to the octagon ended in a loss to Brit Leon Edwards in a thrilling five-round battle.
People will say this nearly every fight, but the next major UFC PPV on July 12 in Las Vegas really is one of the most anticipated cards of all time. Headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, the pair will face off for a third time after Poirier knocked out McGregor for the first time in his career this past January.
Strangely, the fight could occur around the same time as a potential Vegas Golden Knights Stanley cup final berth. Who knows what kind of entertainment will be in store for that one.