FightPost Fighter of the Week: Marvin Vettori
By James Heaney
In a chaotic and disruptive time for everyone, there aren’t many fighters who have dealt with as much disruption in recent times as Marvin Vettori.
Originally scheduled to fight Darren Stewart in London in March and then Roberson originally on May 14th.
However, the cancellation of the London event and Roberson missing weight for their match clearly frustrated Vettori who made his feelings known during a hotel run in with his to-be opponent.
Vettori made his UFC debut over 4 years ago and is still just 26 years of age. He had won 4 UFC fights coming into the weekend event at the Apex in Las Vegas- looking to take his latest streak to 3-0 after decision wins over Cezar Ferreira and Andrew Sanchez in 2019.
Roberson missed weight again on Friday, stepping on the scales at 190.5 pounds. It was another blow to Vettori and added more fuel to his fire. It’s often said that fighting on emotion is dangerous- the risk of straying from a game plan and technique has seen many fighters over commit and punished.
Vettori addressed this ahead of fight- acknowledging his anger hadn’t reduced, but he needed to “be calm and like a hitman.”
Fast forward to Saturday night and that’s exactly what happened. It took just over 4 minutes of the first round for Vettori to rain down punches, allowing him to transition and sink in the choke.
It was a professional victory for Vettori in frustrating circumstances, his emotions only coming through once Dan Miragliotta had pulled him off Karl Roberson.
His post-fight interview was passionate and reiterated his passion and commitment for the sport. At just 26, Vettori is continuing his climb in the middleweight division.
His callout of previous-foe Israel Adesanya may be ambitious at the moment but there are exciting fights available in the top 10 of the middleweight division.
Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum clash in July while Edmen Shahbazyan and Derek Brunson lock horns in August. Vettori could be a stand in for either fight, or look to provide a challenge to Jarod Cannonier when he returns.