Fighter Profile: Marvin Vettori

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One of the most exciting Middleweights to watch in the UFC is Italy’s Marvin Vettori. Vettori is coming off a win against Paulo Costa at Light Heavyweight due to Costa missing weight. Vettori is rumored to be returning to the UFC octagon in June when he faces off against Robert Whittaker. Vettori is a Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt, but also can strike with the best of the fighters in the Division. He hopes to make it two in a row when he faces Whittaker and this is probably one of the best matchups that’s not a title fight in the Middleweight division.

Vettori was born September 20, 1993 in Trento, Italy. He is the oldest of three siblings. He started his journey into the Martial Arts World when he was young, starting Kickboxing at age thirteen. He’d soon turn his focus to training MMA after watching MMA fighters on television. Vettori had a hard time training MMA at first due to the fact that he was in Italy and at the time Italy didn’t have much of an MMA scene and he had to go to six different gyms to train. He’d eventually move to London to train, but would find that the U.S. would make a better home and he’d land at King’s MMA training under Rafael Cordeiro where he still currently trains.

Vettori made his professional MMA debut against Alessandro Grandis in July of 2012 for the New Generation Tournament in Seveso, Italy. Unfortunately for Vettori he didn’t get the win. He’d then face Tom Richards in the UCMMA Promotion winning by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.)  Matt Robinson would be next for Vettori in November of 2013, he’d again get the Submission victory again by Rear-Naked Choke. Vettori would then face Luca Ronchetti winning again by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) Radovan Uskrt would be next for the young Italian, but this time he’d win by slapping on a Triangle Choke. He’d fight in many other promotions, even capturing the Venator FC Welterweight Championship before it was stripped.

Alberto Uda would be Vettori’s first opponent when he stepped into the UFC Octagon for the first time. He’d get the victory with a Submission (Guillotine Choke.) He’d then face Antônio Carlos Júnior losing the three round contest by Unanimous Decision. Vitor Miranda would be next for Vettori he’d secure the victory via a Unanimous Decision. He’d then face Omari Akhmedov this fight would end in a Majority Draw. The rising MMA assassin Israel Adesanya would be next for Vettori Unfortunately it would be a Split Decision loss for Vettori. He’d go on a five fight win streak before meeting Adesanya again for the Middleweight title at UFC 263 in June of 2021 unfortunately for Vettori, Adesanya would successfully defend his title. In his next outing he faced Paulo Costa at Light Heavyweight.

Vettori is set to face Robert Whittaker at UFC 275 in Kallange, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Hopefully he gets the win against Bobby Knuckles.

FIGHTER PROFILE: Israel Adesanya

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Israel Adesanya is one of the most electric MMA Fighters in the world. Not only is he entertaining to watch but he’s only been beaten in the Cage once in his career. Considering he has had 22 professional fights against names like Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, and Marvin Vettori. Adesanya is amazing on his feet, along with being an amazing Mixed Martial artist Adesanya was a spectacular kickboxer with a record of 23-5. 

Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya was born on July 22, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. Adesanya is the oldest of five children he started his Martial Arts Journey when he was young by joining the Taekwondo club at his school, but was taken out by his mother after he sustained an injury. Adesanya did not compete in sports and was more interested in reading Mangas and watching Anime a hobby he still loves to this day, and he recently did voiceover work for an english dub of Netflix’s anime ‘Baki Hanma.’’  Adesanya would get bullied for this love of anime and credits this with taking on Martial Arts later in life.

Adesanya made his Professional MMA debut in March of 2012 when he faced James Griffiths for the Supremacy Fighting Championship promotion. He secured the victory by way of TKO. Adesanya would then go on to face John Vake for the Shuriken MMA promotion again he’d win by TKO (Punches.) He’d then go on to face Kenan Song where his kickboxing prowess would be on display winning by TKO (Head Kick.) He’d win his next eight fights by KO or TKO and this was enough to get the attention of the UFC brass.

Adesanya would make his UFC debut in February of 2018 when he faced Rob Wilkinson, he’d win by TKO (knees and punches.) Adesanya would win the performance of the night, an impressive performance for the young striker. He’d then face Marvin Vettori and Brad Tavares winning both fights by decision. He’d go on to beat Derek Brunson and former Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. This would lead Adesanya to fight Kelvin Gastelum for the interim title which he’d win. Adesanya would then face Robert Whittaker where he’d win and unify the UFC Middleweight Championship belt. He’d make two successful title defenses before moving up to face then Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz he’d lose by Unanimous decision. In his next fight he’d defend his Middleweight belt against Marvin Vettori.

Adesanya is a fan favorite and his amazing work on his feet is truly spectacular. It is rumored he will face Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February. It’ll be fun to see the pair run it back for the belt again!