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: Derek Brunson

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Derek Brunson will return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday night when he faces Jared Cannonier at UFC 271. Brunson is riding a five fight win streak and  is currently ranked 4th in the UFC Middleweight division. This fight is a title eliminator and the winner of Cannonier vs. Brunson will likely fight the winner of Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker which is going down the same night.

Derek Brunson was born January 4, 1984 in Wilmington, NC. In High School Brunson wrestled at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington  under coach Dan Willis. Brunson earned himself a spot wrestling at University of North Carolina at Pembroke on scholarship. Brunson was a 3-time NCAA Division II All-American wrestler. He finished college with a 6-7 record in NCAA Division II Championships Matches. After Brunson finished college he decided to focus on training and competing in MMA.

Brunson made his Amature MMA debut in January of 2010 against Steve Bontatibus. Brunson would win by TKO (Punches.) He’d then go on to face Shawn Tavares again winning by TKO (Punches.) After two wins as an amatuer Brunson decided to go pro. He made his pro debut against John Bryant in May of 2010 winning by Submission (Rear Naked Choke.) Chris McNally was next for Brunson; he would beat him by KO (Punches.) He’d win his next fight against Edward Jackson by Knockout (Punches) He’d win six of his next eight fights including a few fights with Strikeforce. Brunson Would then get the call to fight in the UFC.

Brunson made his UFC debut in December 2012 at UFC 155 where he replaced an injured Karlos Vemola against Chris Leben. Brunson would win his debut by Unanimous decision. He’d then go on to face Brian Houston winning by Submission (Rear-naked Choke.) He’d then fight Yoel Romero ultimately losing by TKO (Punches and Elbows.) Brunson would win his next five fights and then would face the biggest challenge of his career against Robert Whittaker losing byTKO (head kick and punches.) He’d then face ‘The Spider’ Anderson Silva losing by unanimous decision. Brunson would then win two and a row against Dan Kelly and Lyoto Machida before dropping two in a row to Ronaldo Souza and Israel Adesanya. He is now riding a five fight win streak.

We hope Derek Brunson has a successful return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday night when he faces Jared Cannonier at UFC 271.

UFC 271 Preview

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UFC 271 is right around the corner headlined by an awesome title fight between Robert Whittaker and Champion Israel Adesanya. Also featured on the card is a bout between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier. The Co main event on this killer card is a bout between Heavyweights, Derrick Lewis and the King of the shoeie Tai Tuivasa.

The first bout of note on the main card is between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier. Brunson is coming off a win against Darren Till in September of 2021. Brunson is riding a five fight win streak and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC Middleweight division. He will face number three ranked Jared Cannonier. Cannonier is coming off a win against Kelvin Gastelum who he beat via Unanimous Decision. Cannonier beat Gastelum after being out of the Octagon since October of 2020 after healing from an injury sustained in his loss to Robert Whittaker. He hopes to put an end to Blonde Brunson’s streak. It is expected that the winner might face the winner of Adesanya vs. Whittaker. This is one of the only times a title eliminator is on the same night as the title fight in that division.

The next bout of note is between Lewis and Tuivasa and honestly both are fan favorites so this fight will definitely sell PPV cards. Lewis is coming off a win against Chris Daukas during UFC Fight Night main event in December of last year. Lewis was coming off a loss going into that fight against Ciryl Gane. Lewis has a tough opponent in Tuivasa who is riding a three fight win streak.

In an interview with Espn Tuaviasa was quoted as saying in regards to accepting a fight with Lewis, “I was on the piss; I was blind [drunk], I didn’t notice until the next morning that [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard messaged me and I had messaged back. He messaged, ‘Are you awake,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah’; it was like 4:30 in the morning. And then I woke up to 20 missed calls from my manager, from my coach Sully [Shaun Sullivan] and s**t like that, so I was like, ‘Something must have happened.’” Tuivasa has a taste for beer and drinks it out of a show when he wins. Lewis is also known to do ridiculous stuff after his fights including throwing his cup into the audience after his fight with Daukas. It’ll be interesting to see who wins and who gets to do their odd celebrations.

The main event is truly a great fight between the two best Middleweights in the UFC. Adesanya will be making  his fourth title defense against Whittaker who he won the Middleweight title against at UFC 243 in October of 2019 by Knockout. Adesanya has been absolutely unstoppable at Middleweight winning every contest he has ever fought at 185. His only loss in MMA came as a result of a move up to attempt to become a double champion by taking then Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz’s title.  Robert Whittaker has been on a three fight win streak since losing his title to Adesanya including victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Before losing to Adesanya, Whittaker was on an impressive nine fight win streak including wins over Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza, and Yoel Romero.

UFC 271 is a banger to be sure. Don’t forget to tune in as it will be a good time, with great fights, and some of the promotion’s best and most interesting fighters. 

3 Great Fights Coming Up In February

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The UFC took a small break over the holidays and we’re now back into the swing of things and the UFC has some awesome fights coming up in February. Including a PPV card for UFC 271 and some other great fights that are on Fight Night cards.

Derek Brunson Vs Jared Cannonier 

Derek Brunson will be making his return to the UFC Octagon in February at UFC 271 when he faces Jared Cannonier. Brunson is coming off a win against Darren Till in September of 2021. Brunson is riding a five fight win streak and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC Middleweight division. He will face number three ranked Jared Cannonier. Cannonier is coming off a win against Kelvin Gastelum who he beat via Unanimous Decision. Cannonier beat Gastelum after being out of the Octagon since October of 2020 after healing from an injury sustained in his loss to Robert Whittaker. He hopes to put an end to Blonde Brunson’s streak. It is expected that the winner might face the winner of Adesanya vs. Whittaker.

Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2

Israel Adesanya will return to the UFC Octagon at UFC 271 to make his fourth title defense against Robert Whittaker who he won the Middleweight title against at UFC 243 in October of 2019 by KO. Adesanya has been absolutely unstoppable at Middleweight winning every contest he has ever fought at 185. His only loss in MMA came as a result of a move up to attempt to become a double champion by taking then Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz’s title.  Robert Whittaker has been on a three fight win streak since losing his title to Adesanya including victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Before losing to Adesanya, Whittaker was on an impressive nine fight win streak including wins over Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza, and Yoel Romero.

Islam Makachev vs. Beneil Dariush

Islam Makhachev is hailed by some as the second coming of former Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some even say that even though Makhachev is not undefeated like his mentor Nurmagomedov, he is a better fighter. Mackachev is riding a nine fight win streak and before his loss to Adriano Martins at UFC 192 he was riding an impressive twelve fight win streak. Makhachev hopes that with a win over Beneil Dariush he will get closer to a title fight than ever before. Makachev is a threat to anyone when he steps into the UFC Octagon.

Dariush Is also riding a win streak of his own winning his last seven fights including victories over prominent Lightweights like Tony Ferguson. Dariush is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is also a Black Belt in Muay Thai so it’ll be interesting which weapons in his arsenal he will pull out when he faces Makhachev.Dariush had a rough patch in his early fight career, but has proved over and over again that he should be in title contention.

Fighter Profile: Robert Whittaker

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Former UFC Champion Robert Whittaker hopes to regain his title at UFC 271 in February against Israel Adesanya whom he lost the belt to at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia in 2019 before the pandemic. Whittaker is an all around threat to anyone he faces in the UFC octagon and sports an impressive 23-5 record three of those career losses in the UFC the highest level of competition in the sport.

Whittaker was born on December 20th, 1990 in Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand. He is of Australian, European, Māori and Samoan lineage. He got his start in martial arts when his father enrolled him into Goju-ryu Karate which he would earn his Black Belt in after eight years. He’d then switch to Hapkido which he’d also earn the rank of Black Belt his Hapkido gym would turn into an MMA gym and Whittaker would start training MMA. Whittaker would later earn A Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. Whittaker is truly a triple threat.

Whittaker made his MMA debut on March 14, 2009 against Chris Tallowin he’d win by TKO(punches.) He’d then face Richard Walsh in the Cage Fighting Championships promotion, Whittaker would win by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) He’d then go on to face Nick Ariel in March of 2010 he’d win by Knockout (punch) in round one. Whittaker was now 3-0 with three first round finishes. He’d win his next four fights also by quick finishes in the first round. He’d then face Hoon Kim losing by Submission (triangle choke.) He’d then go on to fight three more fights before getting the call from the UFC to be on The Ultimate Fighter.

Whittaker made his UFC debut in December of 2012 against Brad Scott he would win by Unanimous Decision and thus winning The Ultimate Fighter. He’d then go on to fight Colton Smith winning by TKO (punches)  in the third round. He’d then drop two in a row to Court McGee and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. He’d then fight Mike Rhodes, winning by Unanimous Decision. It would be Whittakers last fight at Welterweight.

Whittaker would make his Middleweight debut against Clint Hester he’d win by TKO (knee and punches.) He’d win his next five fights before fighting Yoel Romero for the Interim Middleweight title. Whittaker would beat Romero by Unanimous Decision. This would later be promoted to an undisputed title. Romero was then given a rematch but would miss weight and it wouldn’t be a title fight. Whittaker would win by split decision. Whittaker would lose his next bout to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243. Whittaker would win his next three fights earning him a rematch against Adesanya in Febuary of 2022 at UFC 271.

We hope Whittaker can reclaim his title. Also if you’re a gamer you can find Whittaker in Skyrim where he is a NPC.

Great Fights Coming Your Way In 2022!

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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya. Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

 Gegard Mousasi vs. Austin Vanderford 

Bellator Middleweight World Champion Gegard Mousasi faces undefeated, number one  contender Austin Vanderford in the main event of Bellator Dublin on February 25th live from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Mousasi is making his second title defense of his second reign as Bellator Middleweight Champion. He’s riding a three fight win streak including victories over Lyoto Machida, Douglas Lima, and John Salter. The Middleweight champ has a lengthy fight record in the sport’s two biggest promotions. He will be facing Austin Vanderford who last fought Fabian Edwards at Bellator 259 Cyborg vs. Smith 2. Vanderford is originally from Alaska and is currently fighting out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek FL.

Islam Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush

Islam Makhachev is hailed by some as the second coming of former Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some even say that even though Makhachev is not undefeated like his mentor Nurmagomedov, he is a better fighter. Mackachev is riding a nine fight win streak and before his loss to Adriano Martins at UFC 192 he was riding an impressive twelve fight win streak. Makhachev hopes that with a win over Beneil Dariush he will get closer to a title fight than ever before. Dariush Is also riding a win streak of his own winning his last seven fights including victories over prominent Lightweights like Tony Ferguson. Dariush is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is also a Black Belt in Muay Thai so it’ll be interesting which weapons in his arsenal he will pull out when he faces Makhachev.

Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2

Israel Adesanya will return to the UFC Octagon at UFC 271 to make his fourth title defense against Robert Whittaker who he won the Middleweight title against at UFC 243 in October of 2019 by KO. Adesanya has been absolutely unstoppable at Middleweight winning every contest he has ever fought at 185. His only loss in MMA came as a result of a move up to attempt to become a double champion by taking then Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz’s title.  Robert Whittaker has been on a three fight win streak since losing his title to Adesanya including victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Before losing to Adesanya, Whittaker was on an impressive nine fight win streak including wins over Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza, and Yoel Romero.

Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane

UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou will face off against Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane in January at UFC 270 in a five round championship unifying fight. Nagannou is coming off his title win at UFC 260 when he beat Heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic. Ngannou is on a five fight win streak and he hopes to make it six when he faces the undefeated interim champ Gane.  Gane was Ngannou’s former training partner, and whatever Ngannou’s former coach is doing  for his athletes is working incredibly well as Gane has climbed to the top of the division rather quickly with victories over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alexander Volkov, and Derrick Lewis with the last fight against Lewis earning him the UFC interim Heavyweight title. It’ll be interesting to see how these two do when they step into the UFC Octagon.

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!

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