“I Can’t F*cking Wait”- Marvin Vettori Relishing a Bloodbath Against Paulo Costa

Published 10/09/2021, 4:12 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 13: Marvin Vettori of Italy prepares to fight 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)


UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori is set to take on Paulo Costa later this month in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card. Costa and Vettori are two top middleweights in the current rosters. As both are coming off a loss against the champion Israel Adesanya, they will be determined to get back in contention yet again with a win on October 23rd.

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Vettori was on a 5-fight winning streak coming into his UFC 263 showdown against Costa. However, he was on the wrong end of a lopsided decision in favor of the champion. That was also his first loss since his 2018 decision loss to the ‘Stylebender’ in their first fight. Costa, on the other hand, suffered his first loss as a professional when he was finished at the UFC 253 pay-per-view by Izzy.

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Recently, ‘The Italian Dream’ took to Twitter and posted a cryptic message. “Oooo I can’t f**king wait for this one!!!!” he wrote followed by three emojis of blood drops. One may decipher it as his excitement for the upcoming fight against Costa which many believe might be a war for the ages.

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Marvin Vettori vs Paulo Costa: A preview of the fight

Vettori has solid fighting skills which are combined with his pressure and brawling style. He has a very fundamental striking and grappling prowess. However, Costa is a beast in his own right. Other than his loss to Adesanya, ‘The Earser‘ has erased most of his opponents with his overwhelming power and pressure inside the Octagon.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Paulo Costa of Brazil enters the arena prior to facing Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

The Brazilian fighter has an incredible professional record of 13-1 with 11 of those wins coming by T/KO. Given the styles of both men, one can expect the contest to be a barn-burner between two of the strongest fighters in the 185 lbs division of the UFC. Which one of the two top contenders comes out on top eventually, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is a senior UFC 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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