‘I Left My Family’- Marvin Vettori Details the Sacrifices He Made to Be Here

Published 06/12/2021, 8:36 AM EDT


Marvin Vettori has more than UFC gold on his mind ahead of UFC 263. The Italian-born fighter is extremely proud of his roots and represents his country with pride. He aims to make history this weekend by becoming the first Italian champion in the UFC. However, that will be easier said than done as he takes on a champion who is in the prime of his fighting career. In a recent interview, Marvin Vettori shared his thoughts on what winning the belt would mean for him and who he fights for. 

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He said, “I’ve been doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. People ask me you wanna prove people wrong but it is actually about proving people right. Like all the people who have been supporting me all these years. That is why I do it the most…. I left my family all for this. And it has been years and years and years of hard training and blood and tears. I have to make it all worth it. And tomorrow is the day I make it all worth it.”

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Being the first from a country in any field is a tough task. There is no one whose example you can follow or fall back on for advice. Although there have been fighters in the UFC from Italy, none have reached the heights that Vettori has. 

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In a country like Italy where the sport is not as developed compared to countries like the United States or Brazil, learning the skills required to compete at the highest level was an extremely difficult task for ‘The Italian Dream’. Vettori realized this early on in his career and moved to England to pursue his dream of becoming a UFC champion. 

After a few years in England, Vettori moved across the Atlantic ocean to train at King’s MMA in California under the legendary Rafael Cordeiro. ‘The Italian Dream’ left behind his friends and family at a very early age to pursue this dream. The biggest fight of his career takes place this weekend and Vettori will be hoping to realize ‘The Italian Dream’ and bring gold back to Italy. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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