Marvin Vettori
The Italian Dream

Italy

Wins as massive favorite
MiddleweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Vettori defeated Andrew Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
A stoppage win would have been nice considering the level of opponent he was going up against, but Vettori cruised to the unanimous decision victory as the biggest favorite (-370) on the card. Vettori has had more success on the mat as opposed to the feet throughout the course of his professional career, but he easily won the striking exchanges between the two men in this one. The 26-year-old Italian is now 3-1-1 in his last five bouts dating back to June 2017 and his only loss in that span came via split decision against newly-crowned UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.
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Rescheduled for Tampa
MiddleweightUFC
October 8, 2019
Vettori's scheduled middleweight matchup against Andrew Sanchez has been moved to UFC Tampa on Oct. 12.
ANALYSIS
Vettori was selected as a late replacement for David Branch for a fight scheduled to take place in Vancouver on Sept. 14, but he came down with an illness during fight week that forced the bout to be postponed. He had closed as a betting favorite of roughly (-330) at that time, and he enters this week right around the (-290) mark. Vettori owns superior striking defense in this matchup, but it's Sanchez that throws (and lands) at a higher volume, in addition to possession superior offensive wrestling marks. What makes Vettori the favorite is likely the caliber of opponent, as he's been able to take both Antonio Carlos Junior and current champion Israel Adesanya to a decision.
Fight postponed
MiddleweightUFC
September 11, 2019
Vettori's Sept. 14 fight against Andrew Sanchez is being rescheduled to a future date due to Sanchez feeling ill earlier this week, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
A date has yet to be announced but the battle will reportedly still happen, just not at UFC Vancouver this weekend. Vettori last fought July 13 when he defeated Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Sacramento.
Steps in for David Branch
MiddleweightUFC
August 1, 2019
Vettori (finger) will replace David Branch in a scheduled middleweight matchup against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off a new UFC contract, Vettori will accept a relatively quick turnaround as he looks for his first winning streak with the company. He was handed a medical suspension after his last fight against Cezar Ferreira, but appears to be in the clear for the September matchup. It's a relatively small sample size for both fights, but Sanchez holds the statistical edge in striking volume, takedown average and takedown defense. Vettori is far superior defensively on the feet, however, as the numbers show Sanchez is willing to get hit in order to land on his own. While Vettori has an impressive resume -- which includes fighting Israel Adesanya to a split decision -- he has yet to record KO/TKO victory during his time with the company.
Lands six-month medical suspension
MiddleweightUFC
July 15, 2019
The California State Atheltic Commission handed Vettori a potential six-month suspension for a possible fracture of his right finger, mid sternum and right knee following his bout with Cezar Ferreira at UFC Sacramento, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vettori emerged victorious in his bout versus Ferreira, but apparently picked up several injuries along the way. He could receive medical clearance from a doctor to return before the full six months, but he will face at least a mandatory seven-day suspension.
Dominates Cezar Ferreira
MiddleweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Vettori defeated Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Vettori is underrated -- he took current interim UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya to a split decision in April 2018 -- but this was by far his best performance with the company. He battered the aging Ferreira on the feet to the tune of a 106-41 edge in total strikes landed and chipped in a pair of takedowns for good measure. He also defended all five of the Brazilian's takedown attempts. The biggest knock on the 25-year-old Vettori is the lack of finishing power in his hands, but he does a decent job of putting together combinations and remains calm and composed inside the Octagon. Vettori isn't a top-10 guy or anything like that, but there's something here. Keep an eye on him.