Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream


Steps in for David Branch
August 1, 2019
Vettori (finger) will replace David Branch in a scheduled middleweight matchup against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14, Damon Martin of reports.
Fresh off a new UFC contract, Vettori will accept a relatively quick turnaround as he looks for his first winning streak with the company. He was handed a medical suspension after his last fight against Cezar Ferreira, but appears to be in the clear for the September matchup. It's a relatively small sample size for both fights, but Sanchez holds the statistical edge in striking volume, takedown average and takedown defense. Vettori is far superior defensively on the feet, however, as the numbers show Sanchez is willing to get hit in order to land on his own. While Vettori has an impressive resume -- which includes fighting Israel Adesanya to a split decision -- he has yet to record KO/TKO victory during his time with the company.
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Lands six-month medical suspension
July 15, 2019
The California State Atheltic Commission handed Vettori a potential six-month suspension for a possible fracture of his right finger, mid sternum and right knee following his bout with Cezar Ferreira at UFC Sacramento, Damon Martin of reports.
Vettori emerged victorious in his bout versus Ferreira, but apparently picked up several injuries along the way. He could receive medical clearance from a doctor to return before the full six months, but he will face at least a mandatory seven-day suspension.
Dominates Cezar Ferreira
July 13, 2019
Vettori defeated Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
Vettori is underrated -- he took current interim UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya to a split decision in April 2018 -- but this was by far his best performance with the company. He battered the aging Ferreira on the feet to the tune of a 106-41 edge in total strikes landed and chipped in a pair of takedowns for good measure. He also defended all five of the Brazilian's takedown attempts. The biggest knock on the 25-year-old Vettori is the lack of finishing power in his hands, but he does a decent job of putting together combinations and remains calm and composed inside the Octagon. Vettori isn't a top-10 guy or anything like that, but there's something here. Keep an eye on him.
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.
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.