“I’m Gonna Beat Him Too”- Marvin Vettori Says He Will Face Israel Adesanya in the Near Future

Published 10/26/2021, 9:39 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)


Marvin Vettori has established himself as one of the top middleweight contenders in the UFC right now. The fact that his UFC ranking has risen to second only adds to this argument. ‘The Italian Dream’ recently squared off against Brazilian fighter Paulo Costa. This fight was set to be a middleweight fight, but owing to Costa’s weight miss, it was changed to a light heavyweight contest. Despite the fact that Vettori has never fought in this weight class before, he completely dominated Paulo Costa.

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Recently in a post-fight interview covered by ESPN MMA, Vettori shared his thoughts on what he wants next. “I want to test myself with the best and that’s about it,” said Vettori.

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When asked whether he had a message for the UFC champion Israel Adesanya, Vettori responded, “I’m cool for now, man. Like, I know I’m gonna see him four or five times before my career is over and, I know I’m gonna beat him too.”

“My last fight, I learned a lot about him. More than the first time. And it’s just a matter of time. I have a deeper confidence in myself, and the more I go, the more I build this deeper confidence,” he added.

I’m gonna keep improving and I’ll have my time and I’ll have the belt one day claimed Vettori. The Italian Dream seems very confident in his ability to make it to the top in his division and looking at his current form it could be quite possible. 

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Marvin Vettori opens up on Paulo Costa

Vettori also shared his thoughts on the fight he had against “Borrachinha” in the post-fight interview.

There was a little of weirdness on him. But like you know, sometimes, a lot of times I’m trying to see where my opponent is at. but this time I felt like I had something in my mind. Where like, he would give out a lot of signs of weakness, but it felt fake to me. I’m like I cannot rely on that because he’ll have something. Like I could sense a lot of weakness from him. He was a little bit weird from his side, the way he was acting. He wasn’t the same Paulo costa of many other fight. But I could feel I could not rely on that in a sense,” Claimed the Italian dream.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: (R-L). Marvin Vettori of Italy punches Paulo Costa of Brazil in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 23, 2021. In Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Marvin Vettori entered the octagon with a considerable size disadvantage and still absolutely dominated the Brazilian fighter. Vettori’s victory moved him up three ranks in the middleweight division on account of his win. He made it clear in his interview that he only wants to fight the best the UFC has to offer.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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