Although Israel Adesanya beat Marvin Vettori 2-0, the “Italian Dream” sees itself as the “only real test” for the UFC middleweight champion.
“The Last Stylebender” is set to defend his fifth title as he is expected to top UFC 276 on July 2 against 185-pound second-place fighter Jared Cannonier. The two will fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And regardless of the outcome, Vettori plans to beat both men at some point in his MMA career. First, he has to beat former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker on September 3.
Vettori, who is currently ranked 3rd in the official rankings, recently said he plans to show a version of “3.0” of himself, and that he will “knock out” Whittaker on his way. with another title.
Vettori told MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn in a recent interview: “It’s going to happen no matter what. “I would have won against Adesanya before the end of MMA unless he walked away before that, but I felt like I was the only real challenger to him and every time I fought him – he there was victory in the last fight, but (I) went out unscathed, couldn’t hurt me really, not just once. It’s inexperience on my part, but yeah, I definitely want to win against him. “
“A lot of people say if Cannonier wins, then you get shot because if Israel wins then not many people want to see the third fight, but honestly, if I go out and just knock Whittaker down I feel like a train. so exaggerated. It’s going to be hot again, and they’re going to want to watch it again, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing because like I said, it’s going to be Vettori 3.0,” Vettori continued.
Vettori & Adesanya fought twice inside the octagon
All in all, Adesanya and Vettori spent eight rounds together inside the Octagon. They competed for the first time in April 2018 at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje and The Last Stylebender edged past the Italian Dream on the scoreboard, winning by split decision.
After the loss, Vettori had a streak of 5 consecutive wins to earn himself a gold seat. He meets Adesanya in the middle of the cage and once again, the fight has gone away.
However, Adesanya left no doubt in the minds of the umpires this time, when the match decision was agreed at UFC 263 in June 2021.
Both Adesanya and the Italian Dream have competed once since. The Last Stylebender defended his belt against Whittaker at UFC 271 in February, and Vettori defeated Paulo Costa in UFC Fight Night 196 in October.
Vettori predicts Adesanya will defeat Cannonier on Saturday night
Vettori shared his predictions for the UFC 276 main event with Bohn. And it’s no surprise that he’s choosing Adesanya.
“Cannonier won’t have to buy any bulls and just take him down and hit big shots, but Adesanya is the game in that sense,” Vettori said. “He’s been there with a lot of big boxers and if he finds a hole it’s going to be a tough day for Cannonier. I want to beat both of them in the end, so that’s okay, we’ll see. I think Adesanya will come out with a win. “
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