- Marvin Vettori called out Israel Adesanya after defeating Kevin Holland at the main event of UFC on ABC 2.
- Adesanya defeated Vettori via a close split decision at UFC on Fox 29 in 2018.
- The Last Stylebender lost to Jan Blachowicz in his attempt to win the light heavyweight title.
Marvin Vettori dominated Kevin Holland at the main event of UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday, beating the 10th ranked UFC middleweight via wide unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the fight 50-44 as the Italian recorded his 5th consecutive victory. After the fight, it wasn’t a surprise that he Vettori called out UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
Said Vettori during his post-fight interview:
“I’m next in line, and I deserve it. I was supposed to fight Darren Till. He didn’t how up. Now he’s out. I’m the most hungry, and I’m next. The winning streak that I’ve had, all my opponents have been solid. I’m next.”
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) April 15, 2018
Nobody has come close to beating Israel Adesanya in the UFC than Marvin Vettori. At UFC on Fox 29 on April 14, 2018, Vettori gave the current middleweight champion the toughest fight of his UFC career. In the end, two of the three judges gave the nod to Adesanya, who escaped with a narrow split decision win over the Italian.
Since the loss to Adesanya, Vettori has been on a roll with five straight victories. His last two wins have stood out, as it has come against top 10 heavyweights in Jack Hermansson and Holland. The Italian Dream is currently the 6th ranked middleweight in the UFC and was supposed to fight the 5th ranked Till. But since the Gorilla suffered an injury, Vettori took the big risk of fighting a lower ranked fighter in Holland.
The former Venator Welterweight champion has a 7-2-1 inside the UFC octagon with his only losses coming at the hands of Antonio Carlos Junior and Adesanya. Overall, the 27-year old Vettori has a record of 17-4 with two knockouts and nine wins via submission.
Failed Champ Champ Bid
— Mirror Fighting (@MirrorFighting) March 7, 2021
Adesanya is coming off a loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259, in his bid to become champ-champ. Moving up to light heavyweight, Adesanya hoped to join the likes of Randy Couture, B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Conor McGregor, Daniel and
Henry Cejudo as the fighters to win world titles in more than one weight class. But that bid was unsuccessful.
Despite the loss, Adesanya is still the UFC middleweight champion. Since defeating Robert Whitaker at UFC 243, the Last Stylebender has successfully defended the title twice, beating Robert Romero and Paulo Costa in consecutive title defenses. As of now, Adesanya’s next middleweight title challenger is still undetermined, but considering the current situation, Vettori has a good claim.
The Last Stylebender has defeated the top two contenders in Whitaker and Costa. 3rd ranked Jared Cannonier is coming off a loss to Whitaker while 4th ranked Derek Brunson recently defeated Holland who Vettori also beat on Saturday. Then there is Vettori who is 5th in the rankings but stands as the fighter who has come closest to beating Adesanya.