LONDON, United Kingdom — Fans watched a middleweight bout between former training partners at UFC 286 this past Saturday, making the pre-fight action exciting.
After beating Robert Whittaker, Marvin Vettori (19-6-1) found himself once again battling for the rankings with Georgia bulldozer Romando Lize. In Vitori’s past few races, we’ve learned that he won’t be out easily and his chin is tested.
Paulo Costa threw the kitchen sink at the ‘Italian Dream’ in a fightback in 2021, but the Italian came through with flying colours, showing he still has a hand in the middleweight title fight. a seat.
That being said, he admitted after his victory over Dollize that he needs to “develop more intelligence” in his fighting style.
“I kind of want to go beyond my opponent’s best and come out on top. I have to develop more intelligence in the fight.
Vettori in acceptance including Cageside Press after the fight.
Vettori remains on the right side of the 30s and will undoubtedly lead the league for the foreseeable future. As he has said before, he wants to work hard to get back into title contention. “I’m sure I’ll need a few more fights and I don’t mind. Of course, in my own way, I want to rush to the title [Alex] Pereira will be a great fight for me. Having said that, there I am. When you’re in the top five, whether you’re number 1, 2, 3 or 5, you’re in the top 5.
“But if the opportunity comes and you have some motivation, you can take that opportunity and maybe win the fight, there are many examples of that.
“The only fighter I’m not in the top 5 is Cannonier, maybe that’s the next one,” Vettori suggested.
A win over Jared Cannonier could give Vettori a second title after losing to Israel Adesanya in 2021 (the two also met in a non-championship event in 2018). Vettori will no doubt be a keen observer of Izzy’s rematch with Alex Pereira next month.
Watch the full UFC 286 post-fight press conference with Marvin Vettori above.