Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream

Italy

Routed in title fight
MiddleweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Vettori came up short in his quest for the UFC Middleweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
In the biggest fight of his professional career, Vettori looked... overwhelmed. He allowed Adesanya to land far too many leg kicks and was compromised for nearly the entirety of the bout as a result. Instead of varying his attacks, Vettori stuck with a game plan that clearly wasn't working. His corner was screaming at him in between rounds to mix things up, but it never happened. Vettori's biggest moment of the fight came early in Round 3 when he powered in on a takedown, took Izzy's back, and appeared to have a rear-naked choke under Adesanya's chin. Instead, Izzy rolled into the choke and ended up in top position. Fighting Adesanya is a thankless, exhausting task, and Vettori's cardio -- which looked brilliant in his recent wins over Kevin Holland and Jack Hermansson -- was below average in this bout. He almost certainly would have lost anyway, but Vettori's body language was lousy and that all but torpedoed whatever small chance he had of coming back. The emergence of the Italian has been a great story over the past few years, but this fight showed the difference in levels between Vettori and the best middleweight on the planet. Marvin is 5-2 in his past seven bouts, with both losses coming to Adesanya.
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Gets wish with championship fight
MiddleweightUFC
April 23, 2021
Vettori will fight Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcelo Russio of Comabte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori is not actually supposed to be next in line for a title fight but will get one anyway after UFC President Dana White mentioned that No.1 contender Robert Whittaker won't be ready to fight at the time Adesanya wants to. Vettori lost to Adesanya via split decision back in April of 2018 and is the only fighter at the middleweight division to steal a scorecard off "The Style Bender." The 27-year-old has strung together five consecutive victories since that defeat and is hungry to prove that he has what it takes to finally bring down the champ.
Wrestling grounds Kevin Holland
MiddleweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Vettori defeated Kevin Holland via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Credit Vettori for recognizing the massive hole in Holland's game and taking full advantage. Holland showed in his fight against Derek Brunson just a couple weeks ago that his takedown defense is terrible, so Vettori went to his wrestling again and again, and it resulted in an easy victory. Vettori is deceptively strong and an underrated grappler, but he generally does his best work on the feet. It was nice to see him flip the script against an inferior opponent in order to secure the win. Vettori was originally scheduled to take on Darren Till here before Till was forced to withdraw due to a broken collarbone. Maybe the UFC will try to book that one again. Regardless, Vettori is in line for another high-profile fight his next time out. He's won five in a row dating back to April 2018, and his last defeat came at the hands of current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya via split decision. Vettori is a legitimate talent.
Set to face Kevin Holland
MiddleweightUFC
April 1, 2021
Vettori will now take on Kevin Holland on the card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori was originally scheduled to take on Darren Till (collarbone) on the card, but Till suffered a collarbone injury that will prevent him to withdraw. Holland will step in on short notice and look to bounce back from his loss versus Derek Brunson against Vettori, who is riding a four-match win streak into the fight.
Needs new opponent April 10
MiddleweightUFC
March 30, 2021
Vettori will no longer be facing Darren Till (collarbone) in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 on April 10, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Per Nolan King of USA Today, Till has suffered a collarbone injury and will be unable to compete. The company will now look for a replacement to face Vettori on short notice, with the report suggesting Kevin Holland has already put his hat in the ring. Vettori had been listed as a (-160) favorite for this matchup, and a win could have landed him a rematch with now-champion Israel Adesanya. Now, the title picture in the middleweight division becomes a bit murky.
Headlining April event
MiddleweightUFC
January 26, 2021
Vettori will take on Darren Till in a middleweight matchup to headline a UFC Fight Night on April 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Till has evidently recovered from the knee injury which forced him to withdraw from a scheduled fight against Jack Hermansson in December. Vettori wound up filling in for him in the matchup and won a unanimous decision victory, giving him his fourth win in a row. Till, on the other hand, has lost three headliners in his last four fights, most recently falling by unanimous decision against Robert Whittaker in July.