Marvin Vettori Says There Were No Signs of Weakness Shown by Paulo Costa

Published 10/26/2021, 6:30 AM 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)


UFC veteran Marvin Vettori is one of the toughest fighters to ever enter the octagon. ‘The Italian Dream’ is one of the finest middleweight contenders in the promotion, and he sits at #2 UFC’s middleweight rankings as of October 2021.

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He jumped three spots after his huge victory over Paulo Costa at UFC Vegas 41. The fight took place at light heavyweight as ‘Borrachinha’ revealed he couldn’t make weight. However, because of the manner in which he controlled Costa throughout the bout, he made it appear as though he genuinely belonged there.

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After the big win, Vettori shared his thoughts in an interview with ESPN MMA, revealing that he initially sensed he would get signs of weakness from his opponent.

“There was a little of weirdness on him,” said Vettori. “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. A lot of like, 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.”

What’s next for Marvin Vettori?

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Vettori is expected to face someone ranked higher than him following a spectacular performance over Paulo Costa. The ‘Italian Dream’ entered the octagon with a substantial size disadvantage and established his dominance over the Brazilian.

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)

Vettori could face the winner of Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson as both of them are closer to him in the rankings. A trilogy bout with UFC champion Israel Adesanya could also be possible for him.

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Unfortunately, that is not what is next for him, as ‘The Last Stylebender’ is now set to take on Robert Whittaker. Also, the fact that he is 0-2 against the champion could scupper that fight unless the duo absolutely wipes out everyone else over the next year.

Who do you think Marvin Vettori will return against? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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