Marvin Vettori

Marvin Vettori (born September 20, 1993) is an Italian professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[2] A professional since 2012, Vettori is a former Venator FC Welterweight champion.[8] As of July 11, 2022, he is #3 in the UFC middleweight rankings.[9]

Marvin Vettori
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Vettori in 2021
Born (1993-09-20) September 20, 1993 (age 28)[1]
Trento, Italy
Other namesThe Italian Dream
NationalityItalian
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight heavyweight (2021)
Middleweight (2016–present)
Welterweight (2012–2015)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofMezzocorona, Trentino, Italy
TeamLondon Shootfighters (2012–2014)[4]
Stabile Fight Team (2014–present)[5]
Kings MMA (2015–present)[6]
Teacher(s)Romulo Barral (BJJ)
Rafael Cordeiro (Head coach)[7]
Julian Chua (Boxe)
Markus Mollica (Wrestling)
Chase Chicos (S&C)[7]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Filippo Stabile[2]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins18
By knockout2
By submission9
By decision7
Losses5
By decision5
Draws1
Other information
WebsiteMarvin Vettori Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

The eldest of three siblings, Vettori was born in Trento, Italy.[10] He was interested in martial arts at a young age, and started training kickboxing as his first real martial art around the age of 13.[10] He was inspired to train mixed martial arts after watching fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko in PRIDE on TV when he was sixteen.[2][11]

When he started out training MMA in Italy, Vettori went to six different gyms to get all the skills and training he needed, as in Italy, at that time, the sport was still growing and a proper MMA gym was hard to find. He moved to London in 2012 for two years to train MMA and later moved to the United States to train at Kings MMA.[12]

Vettori trains six days per week and his typical training day would split into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. He starts out his training at 10 am to train on his striking technique with his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, for an hour, followed by wrestling drills and cage work with the help of Mark Muñoz. The second session would be in the evening to work on either conditioning or BJJ training which usually would end at 10 p.m.[7][2]

Vettori also has a clothing line coming up called 'Italian Dream Apparel'.[13]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Vettori fought in the European circuit and amassed a record of 10–2 prior joining the UFC.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

2016Edit

Vettori made his UFC debut on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202 against Alberto Emilliano Pereira.[15] He tapped out Pereira via guillotine choke in round one.[16]

Vettori next faced Antônio Carlos Júnior at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016.[17] Both Vettori and Carlos Júnior committed eyepokes and received a warning each from the referee but no point was deducted. The fight lasted three rounds and Vettori lost via unanimous decision, with 29–28 scores across the board.[18]

2017Edit

Vettori faced Vitor Miranda on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Vettori faced Omari Akhmedov on December 30 at UFC 219.[21] The back-and-forth fight ended in a majority draw.[22] One of the judges scored it 29–28 for Vettori, and the others viewed it as a 28–28 draw, with Akhmedov winning the first two rounds, but Vettori having a dominant 10–8 round in the third.[23]

2018Edit

Vettori's next fight was scheduled on April 14, 2018 against future champion Israel Adesanya at UFC on Fox 29.[24] He lost the fight via a split decision, with two judges scoring the fight 29–28 for Adesanya, and the third judging it as 29–28 for Vettori.[25]

2019Edit

On April 23, 2019, it was reported that Vettori was suspended for 6 months as he tested positive for ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator, from an out-of-competition test conducted on August 24, 2018. The United States Anti-Doping Agency determined that the positive test was the result of a contaminated dietary supplement, and found no evidence of intentional use of the banned substance. He became eligible to fight again on February 24, 2019.[26]

Vettori faced Cezar Ferreira on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

After the fight with Ferreira, Vettori signed a new contract with the UFC and was scheduled to face Andrew Sanchez on September 14, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 158, replacing injured David Branch.[29][30] However, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull from the event due to an eye infection, resulting in the cancellation of the bout.[31] In turn, the pairing was left intact and eventually took place a month later at UFC Fight Night 161.[32] Vettori won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

2020Edit

Vettori was scheduled to face Darren Stewart on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[34] However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled. Vettori was scheduled to meet Karl Roberson on April 25, 2020.[35] However, on April 9, Dana White announced that this event was postponed.[36] Instead Vettori was scheduled to face Karl Roberson on May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira.[37] At the weigh-ins, Roberson weighed in at 187.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the middleweight non-title weight limit of 186 pounds.[38] However, Roberson was removed from the fight due to rhabdomyolysis.[39][40] The pair met on June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo.[41] At the weigh-ins on June 12, Roberson once again missed weight, this time coming in at 190.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the non-title middleweight limit. The bout proceeded as a catchweight and Roberson was fined 30% of his purse.[42] Vettori won the bout via first round submission.[43] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[44]

Vettori was briefly linked to a rematch with Omari Akhmedov for UFC 256 on December 12, 2020, but it was later announced Vettori was expected to face Ronaldo Souza at the event.[45] Vettori instead faced Jack Hermansson on 5 December 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19, after Hermannson's original opponent Kevin Holland tested positive for COVID-19.[46] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[47] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[48]

2021Edit

Vettori was scheduled to face Darren Till on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[49] However, on March 30, Till announced that he was pulling out of the fight due to a broken collarbone.[50] Till was replaced by Kevin Holland.[51] Vettori won the fight against Holland by unanimous decision, after dominating him on the ground for the majority of the fight.[52]

A rematch between Vettori and Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship took place on June 12, 2021, headlining UFC 263.[53] Vettori lost the fight via unanimous decision.[54]

Vettori faced Paulo Costa in a light heavyweight bout, after Costa could not make middleweight the week of the fight, on October 23, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 196.[55][56] Vettori won the fight via unanimous decision.[57] This win earned him Performance of the Night award.[58]

2022Edit

Vettori was scheduled to face former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker on June 11, 2022 at UFC 275.[59] However, Whittaker withdrew for unknown reasons.[60] The pair was rescheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 209 on September 3, 2022.[61]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 18 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 9 0
By decision 7 5
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–5–1 Paulo Costa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori October 23, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut. Costa was deducted 1 point in round 2 due to an eye poke. Performance of the Night.
Loss 17–5–1 Israel Adesanya Decision (unanimous) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 5 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 17–4–1 Kevin Holland Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4–1 Jack Hermansson Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori December 5, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–4–1 Karl Roberson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo June 13, 2020 1 4:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (190.5 lb) bout; Roberson missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Win 14–4–1 Andrew Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 13–4–1 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 12–4–1 Israel Adesanya Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Draw 12–3–1 Omari Akhmedov Draw (majority) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Vitor Miranda Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 11–3 Antônio Carlos Júnior Decision (unanimous) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Alberto Uda Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 4:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Igor Araújo Submission (guillotine choke) Venator FC 3 May 21, 2016 1 4:30 Milan, Italy Middleweight debut.
Win 9–2 Jack Mason KO (knee and punches) Venator FC 2 December 12, 2015 1 1:46 Rimini, Italy Vettori missed weight (176.1 lb) and was stripped of the Venator Welterweight Championship. Only Mason was eligible to win the title.
Win 8–2 Daniele Scatizzi Decision (unanimous) Venator FC 1 May 30, 2015 3 5:00 Bologna, Italy Won the Venator FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Giorgio Pietrini Submission (guillotine choke) Venator FC: Guerrieri Italiani Semifinals March 29, 2015 1 2:18 Bologna, Italy
Win 6–2 Anderson da Silva Santos TKO (punches) Venator FC: Guerrieri Italiani Quarterfinals January 25, 2015 1 1:07 Bologna, Italy
Loss 5–2 Bill Beaumont Decision (unanimous) UCMMA 40 September 6, 2014 3 5:00 London, England For the vacant UCMMA Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Giorgio Pietrini Submission (toe hold) Impera FC 3 June 13, 2014 1 3:14 Rome, Italy
Win 4–1 Radovan Uskrt Submission (triangle choke) European MMA League 1 February 8, 2014 1 1:49 Zagreb, Croatia
Win 3–1 Luca Ronchetti Submission (rear-naked choke) Impera FC 2 December 14, 2013 1 4:07 Rome, Italy
Win 2–1 Matt Robinson Submission (rear-naked choke) UCMMA 37 November 30, 2013 1 3:30 London, England
Win 1–1 Tom Richards Submission (rear-naked choke) UCMMA 35 August 3, 2013 1 1:31 London, England
Loss 0–1 Alessandro Grandis Decision (unanimous) New Generation Tournament 6 July 21, 2012 2 5:00 Seveso, Italy

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