Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream

Italy

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/11/2020
Needs MRI to avoid suspension
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 15, 2020
Vettori will need to have an MRI on his right knee or he will not be able to fight again until December 11, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori won his fight in the first round last Saturday against Karl Roberson. If all goes well with his MRI and he gets doctor clearance, Vettori could fight again after July 14.
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Emphatic statement in victory
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 13, 2020
Vettori defeated Karl Roberson via submission (Rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
That should put an end to the brief, albeit intense feud between Vettori and Roberson. Vettori went out and collected 30 percent of Roberson's purse after the later missed weight by 4.5 on Friday and still managed to rack up a first-round stoppage. The two men went back and forth on the feet before the Italian took control on the mat. There was a clear obvious gap between the two men in terms of grappling, and Vettori took full advantage of that. The 26-year-old Vettori is one of the middleweight division's most underrated fighters. He took current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya to a split decision before falling back in April 2018 and has run off three straight victories since. His performance Saturday will also net him an extra $50,000 via a post-fight bonus.
Squaring off versus heavy opponent
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 12, 2020
Vettori has elected to take 30 percent of Karl Roberson's purse after Roberson weighed in 4.5 pounds over the limit for UFC Las Vegas 2, Jose Young of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori will be at a significant weight disadvantage in the bout as a result but will take his chances versus Roberson anyway as he aims to push his current streak to three straight wins in the octagon. Vettori currently sits around a -220 favorite for the fight despite the weight discrepancy.
New date versus Roberson
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 20, 2020
Vettori is set to fight Roberson (illness) in a UFC event June 13, Steven Marrocco and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
They were originally slated to fight May 13 in Jacksonville, but Roberson missed weight by 1.5 pounds and fell ill due to the weight cut, leading to the bout being called off. Vettori then made clear his availability for UFC Fight Night over the weekend, but he wasn't called upon to participate. The June 13 event is expected to be in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex facility, but the promotion's official schedule has yet to be announced.
Looking for a fight
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 15, 2020
Vettori weighted in at 203.5 pounds Friday as a potential alternate for Saturday's card in Jacksonville, Jose Youngs of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori lost his middleweight matchup against Karl Roberson earlier in the week after Roberson fell ill after missing weight, but he still has his heart set on fighting in the near future. While he didn't make the cut all the way down to middleweight, he appears willing to fight any light heavyweights that toss their name in the ring, as well as any middleweights that don't wish to cut weight. The problem is, no light heavyweight fights are currently scheduled for Saturday's card. Vettori could just be trying to prove a point to UFC brass that he's ready and willing the moment an opponent expresses interest. The promotion's next card is tentatively scheduled for May 30, and while the UFC is hoping for Las Vegas, an official schedule hasn't been set.
Opponent falls ill, fight canceled
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 13, 2020
Vettori's fight against Karl Roberson (illness) has been called off, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Roberson was the lone fighter who didn't make weight Tuesday and had to have a grueling weight cut to get within 1.5 pounds of the middleweight limit. With the fight approaching, the bout was ultimately called off and Vettori will not square off Wednesday, as Roberson was not feeling well enough to fight. Roberson's illness is not COVID-19 related and the rest of the event will proceed with 10 fights. It's a tough break for Vettori, who was listed as a betting favorite of (-195) or greater as of Wednesday morning.