Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream

Italy

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.
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Shines in main event
MiddleweightUFC
December 5, 2020
Vettori defeated Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a coming out party for Vettori against one of the middleweight division's better fighters. As good as he looked throughout the course of the five-round fight, Vettori appeared to be in prime position to earn a first-round stoppage following a big three-shot combination that floored Hermansson. Marvin probably would have gotten the stoppage had he kept firing off shots, but he opted to transition to a choke attempt and Jack managed to survive. Vettori lead the dance throughout outside of a brief, minor dip in production in Round 3. Hermansson is known for his elite cardio and Vettori matched him in that department. It was a stellar, all-around performance from a fighter who will be underrated no longer. He'll also earn an extra $50,000 after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors. Vettori has won four in a row dating back to July 2019. His last setback came in April 2018, and that was via split decision against current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. Big things are forthcoming for the 27-year-old Italian. Buy stock now.
Steps in on short notice
MiddleweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Vettori will take on Jack Hermansson in a middleweight bout as the headliner at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson's first two opponents withdrew from the Dec. 5 matchup, so Vettori will step in on short notice. Vettori was initially slated to face Ronaldo Souza on Dec. 12, although the status of that matchup is now unclear. Vettori most recently defeated Karl Roberson via submission (rear-naked choke) in June, as he's now won four of his last six fights. Hermansson defeated Kelvin Gastelum via submission (heel hook) in 78 seconds in July to bring his professional record to 21-5. Hermansson has slight advantages in height and reach.
Draws Jacare in December
MiddleweightUFC
October 13, 2020
Vettori (knee) will take on Ronaldo Souza in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Dec. 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori last competed in June, when he defeated Karl Roberson via submission but came away from that fight with a possible knee injury. It was reported he'd need an MRI to clear the injury and avoid a medical suspension, but regardless of the results there, this proposed date is almost exactly six months from that date. Presumably clean to face Souza after a positive COVID test that led to Souza's withdrawal from UFC 249, Vettori will enter this matchup with a two-inch reach advantage, while Souza stands an inch taller. Both the offensive and defensive striking numbers fall in the favor of Vettori, but Souza presumably still has the grappling edge despite his advanced age (he'll turn 41 years old five days before this fight takes place).
Needs MRI to avoid suspension
MiddleweightUFC
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.
Emphatic statement in victory
MiddleweightUFC
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.