‘I Wanted to Break Him’ – Marvin Vettori Not Happy With His Performance Against Kevin Holland

Published 04/11/2021, 11:21 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 13: Marvin Vettori of Italy celebrates after his submission victory over Karl Roberson in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC middleweight division has been in sharp focus in recent weeks. Kevin Holland and Marvin Vettori headlined UFC Vegas 23, and the next UFC event, UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum, is another event where two top middleweights are fighting for a shot at the champion.

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The champion, Israel Adesanya, himself fought in the main event of UFC 259 and lost against Jan Blachowicz. Therefore, he is there for the taking, and Marvin Vettori has called him out. ‘The Italian Dream’ dominantly beat Holland in their match and made a statement of contention.

In an interview with Brett Okamoto from ESPN MMA, Vettori talked about this fight and showed some regrets. “I wanted to break him. I wanted to stop him,” he said.

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However, he added that it was a dominant performance nevertheless, as the judges scored the fight 50-44 in his favor.

Vettori also added that he expects perfection from himself and that he is his own biggest critic. His fight wasn’t perfect, but it was still a dominant performance.

I’m just going to improve, improve, improve, and I can’t wait to have my shot and my revenge on Adesanya,” he said.

Vettori had fought ‘The Last Stylebender’ before the latter became the champion, but lost that fight via a decision.

Marvin Vettori says that he always knew that he would gain his title shot again

Okamoto asked him what mattered to him more, revenge or the title shot, and ‘The Italian Dream’ revealed that both things motivated him.

For some reason, I always knew that even though he was saying that it’s never gonna happen, he’s never gonna gain his title shot again. I knew for some reason that fight was going to happen. I never had a doubt about it,” he said.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 10: (R-L) Marvin Vettori of Italy takes down Kevin Holland in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Vettori is in contention for a title shot as he was ranked number six in the official UFC middleweight rankings before the Holland fight. He has shown significant improvements in his fighting style and can pose a good challenge for Adesanya.

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Even if he doesn’t get a title shot straight away, he’s surely closer to a number one contender’s fight, and that was as close as he has gotten recently.

Do you think Marvin Vettori can dominate Israel Adesanya as Jan Blachowicz did?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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