Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream


Fighting Ferreira at UFC Sacramento
May 14, 2019
Vettori will fight Cezar Ferreira in a middleweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
Vettori is 2-2-1 in the UFC, losing his most recent fight via split decision to Israel Adesanya, who is now next in line for a middleweight title shot. He'll now take on a more experienced Ferreira in a fight where he'll be giving up an inch in height and four inches in reach. Ferreira is coming off a loss of his own to Ian Heinisch, but had won five of his last six fights prior to that, including impressive victories over Jack Hermansson and Anthony Smith. Vettori has much better striking numbers, but he may have a tough time staying on his feet, as Ferriera averages nearly one takedown per round in his 13-fight UFC career.
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Serves retroactive suspension
April 23, 2019
According to a release from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Vettori was suspended six months due to a positive out-of-competition test for a banned substance back in August.
Apparently, Vettori tested positive for the banned substance ostarine following an out-of-competition test which was conducted in August. Since the banned substance was due to a contaminated supplement, the suspension handed to Vettori was only six months rather than the normal two-year one. In addition, Vettori has already served his suspension (during the span of August through January) and is eligible immediately to be booked again for another fight.
Competitive in loss to Israel Adesanya Saturday
April 14, 2018
Vettori lost to Israel Adesanya via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 29 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
Vettori didn't win and he didn't deserve to win, but he put forth a respectable showing and should be proud of his performance. Vettori threw a ton of strikes (169) but he landed at just a 35-percent clip. Vettori also displayed no ability to check any of Adesanya's many leg kicks. Vettori was at his best when he leaned on his wrestling in Round 3. Had he done it earlier, he may very well have won. Vettori showed well despite the setback against a tough, unorthodox opponent.
Fight with Omari Akhmedov Saturday ends in draw
December 30, 2017
Vettori and Omari Akhmedov fought to a majority draw (28-28, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a disappointing result for Vettori given that he was the far fresher fighter for the second half of the bout and due to the fact that he entered as a substantial (-250) favorite. Both fighters paid little attention to defense as they battered each other on the feet over the course of the contest. The end result was an 85-55 edge for Vettori in total strikes landed, but it wasn't enough for him to pull out the win. He might have deserved a better fate. The Italian is now 2-1-1 in his brief 4-fight UFC career.
Slated against Omari Akhmedov for UFC 219
December 17, 2017
Vettori will face Omari Akhmedov in a welterweight fight at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vettori maintains a 12-3 record (2-1 UFC) with eight submission wins. The 24-year-old's most recent victory came via unanimous decision over Vitor Miranda this summer. He'll be facing an all-around fighter in "Wolverine," who he matches up well with physically.
Wins via unanimous decision in Oklahoma City
June 25, 2017
Vettori defeated Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Vettori spent the majority of the first round stalking Miranda. He landed some good power shots and Miranda was on his back foot the entire round. In the second round, Miranda became more active, but Vettori was able to get a takedown and do some damage on the ground towards the end of the round. The Italian middleweight showed good striking ability and impressive takedowns, but was visibly tired toward the end of the fight and spent the majority of the third round on the defensive, backing away from Miranda. However, a late takedown was able to seal the victory. Vettori has a good mix of skills and it will be interesting to see how he competes as he climbs the middleweight ladder.