‘These Guys Can’t Make It’- Marvin Vettori Proclaims Himself As #1 Contender After Darren Till Fight Falls Through

Published 04/08/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Marvin Vettori of Italy punches Jack Hermansson of Sweden in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Marvin Vettori is one of the top Middleweights in the UFC right now. However, getting him consistent fights is an issue. He keeps finding opponents that fall out of the fights for one reason or the other. It was Jacare Souza back in December, which prompted him to take a short-notice fight against #4 ranked Jack Hermansson, which he won.

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Now, he sees Darren Till fall out of their date this weekend. Kevin Holland, who is coming off a loss to Derek Brunson, is Till’s replacement. Vettori doesn’t seem too excited by the fight and has proclaimed himself to be the #1 contender after this fight.

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“I’m next because these guys can’t make it, man. Like, by default, I need to take their spot. You’re not there to defend your spot. You’re not there to defend anything. Like you’ve got that pen on that table. If you’re not there and you’re supposed to be there to defend that pen, and I’m coming, I’m taking the pen. You’re not there to defend it.”

Vettori added, “I guess now this became almost normal. Like, this is more normal than actually having a fight with the same opponent–showing up and finding the same opponent that you were supposed to fight. But yeah man, a little adjustment has been done and I’m ready to go.

Marvin Vettori: Has he earned a rematch against Israel Adesanya?

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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)

Marvin Vettori getting a title fight means he needs to beat a man he has previously lost to. Israel Adesanya beat Vettori while surging through the ranks at Middleweight. Considering how unwilling Adesanya is to fight opponents he has beaten before, it may be harder said than done for Vettori to get the #1 spot.

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Adesanya wanted to fight Till if he impressed against Vettori. But will he maintain the same energy if Vettori performs well against Holland? We will have to wait to see how it plays out, as Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum are also fighting this month. The contender’s spot is open from a rankings point of view, but Vettori may be getting impatient.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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