Marvin Vettori and his Insane Comeback Against Omari Akhmedov

Published 06/11/2021, 12:18 PM EDT
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)


Italian – American UFC fighter Marvin Vettori is fighting the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 263. He is looking like a completely different fighter and looks like he can get a win over ‘The Last Stylebender.’

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His road to the title has been filled with lots of resilience. Vettori is currently on a five-fight winning streak, and his last loss came in April 2018. Incidentally, the loss was against Adesanya in one of the closest fights of the Nigerian’s career.

However, Vettori’s closest fight was the one he fought before losing to Adesanya. Marvin Vettori fought Omari Akhmedov at UFC 219 in December of 2017. The Italian Dream was able to steal a draw from the fight after being completely dominated in the first two rounds.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: Marvin Vettori of Italy prepares to fight Jack Hermansson 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)

In their three-round fight, it was the Russian who started the fight looking fresh. On the other hand, Vettori looked sluggish and slow. Akhmedov started cautiously in the first round but did just enough to win it. He attempted more strikes than Vettori and also landed more than him.

However, the second round was much worse for Vettori. Akhmedov had 80 seconds of control time in the round and outstruck Vettori in terms of significant strikes and total strikes. Vettori was down two rounds and needed a finish to claw his way back to victory. However, he couldn’t get the finish.

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Marvin Vettori and his domination of Omari Akhmedov in the third round

Akhmedov was looking like he was gassed out at the end of round two, and that played a huge part going into round three. Moreover, he made the fatal mistake of starting to swing at the beginning of the round. Vettori avoided all of his big shots and answered back with a flurry, landing some huge shots of his own.

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They got into a clinch time after time, and Vettori pulled away with his control time on the fence. They started trading again with two minutes left in the fight, and Vettori again landed more. However, a completely tired Akhmedov went for a takedown attempt with a minute left and regretted it immediately.

Vettori snubbed the takedown and mounted the Russian for some ground and pound. This was enough for the judges to give him a 10-8 round in the third. The fight ended up being a majority draw as two judges scored the fight 28-28. The third judge gave the fight to Vettori.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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