Marvin Vettori Says He Wants to ‘Eat Israel Adesanya Alive’ and Look Into His Soul

Published 06/12/2021, 7:41 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 04: In this UFC handout, Marvin Vettori of Italy poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight elite Marvin Vettori will step up inside the octagon at UFC 263 for the biggest match of his entire career. ‘The Italian Dream’ will be up against one of the best the industry has ever seen, the divisional champion himself, Israel Adesanya.

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Prior to their showdown, both fighters traded verbal blows on each other, be it during interviews or through their social media platforms.

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)

Amidst the UFC 263 weigh-in event, former UFC fighter turned analyst Din Thomas termed Vettori as the most intense guy on the roster. He also asked him from where does he get this intensity.

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‘The Italian Dream’ replied, “I’m business, man. This, you know, this is my life. I don’t play with this sh*t.” 

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He added, “Like, in those situations where I can get pulled from the fight and things like this, I’m not gonna risk it, you know. You’re not gonna see me punching the guy in the press conference or things like this. But, like, I wanna eat him with my eyes when I see him.”

“I wanna look through his soul and just eat him. Like, just like, tame this motherf**ker. Like, that’s what I wanna do. I wanna eat him alive,” he exclaimed.

When Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori came under the same roof

After weeks of taunting and trading blows virtually, the middleweight behemoths finally assembled under the same roof for their pre-event obligations.

Things escalated quickly between the two as Adesanya (20-1) and Vettori (17-4-1) made vicious jibes at each other. The UFC officials had to come in between to stop the advances made by ‘The Italian Dream’ on ‘The Last Stylebender‘.

“What you gonna do? Try me again!” Adesanya shouted at Vettori at the press conference. “Look at him. You know what that’s called? That’s called ‘roid rage. That ain’t caffeine, that’s ‘roid rage, b**ch.

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At the face-offs, Dana White had to intervene, and he shouted, “Listen to me! Listen to me! No f**king touching! No f**king touching!”

Well, there won’t be anybody in between when the octagon gate closes and they unleash the beasts in them. The build-up to the fight has promised enough that this is going to be a cracker of a contest.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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