Here’s What All the Tattoos of Marvin Vettori Mean

Published 06/11/2021, 2:18 PM EDT


UFC middleweight contender, Marvin Vettori returns to action this weekend at UFC 263. ‘The Italian Dream’ will fight Israel Adesanya in a rematch with the middleweight title on the line. Vettori is one of the most colorful characters in the entire UFC roster as well.

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The Kings MMA trainee has a few tattoos on his skin as well. Those are usually on display during the weigh-in and fight nights. Every tattoo has a kind of back story and some deep meaning. Mostly, UFC fighters get inked to give them the needed aggressive look of a fighter. One can imagine Vettori is no exception.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Marvin Vettori of Italy walks back to his corner during the UFC 207 event on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

While some tattoos don’t turn out the way fighters wish them to be, one can argue the ones on Vettori actually looks good. Ahead of the biggest fight in Vettori’s professional career, we take a look at what all the tattoos of Marvin Vettori mean.

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Marvin Vettori tattoos and meaning

Vettori has a tattoo of a tiger and waves on his left forearm. This artwork was done on him by famous artist Lorenzo Casarin. Tiger is a symbol of strength and power as well as dominance. So, this is a signification of Vettori’s style of fighting inside the Octagon.

The waves signify soul, the subconscious, dream, fantasy, and more. It’s understandable why ‘The Italian Dream’ has it on his skin. Also, wave tattoos have an aesthetic factor to them. The elegance in these pieces adds to that.

Vettori has a samurai tattoo spanning over his chest and over his full left sleeve. The samurai tattoo contains Japanese Koi fishes and a dragon.

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)

A Koi fish tattoo signifies a lot of things. Strength, perseverance, independence, good luck, and many other things. So, this might be a source of belief and strength for ‘The Italian Dream’. One might argue he needs some extra motivation from time to time for his professional life.

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Also, a samurai tattoo as a whole signifies nobility, and warrior spirit. Judging by Vettori’s fighting style inside the Octagon, this suits him no doubt.

What did you make of Vettori’s tattoos? How well they suit ‘The Italian Dream‘? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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