Marvin Vettori faced his second loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 263 while fighting for the belt and saw his five-fight winning streak get snapped.
AT UFC 263, Marvin Vettori the no.3 ranked UFC middleweight contender was fighting the middleweight champ Israel Adesanya in a rematch to their first fight in 2018. Marvin lost the first fight via decision and had this opportunity to avenge his loss and also become the first-ever Italian-born UFC champion.
The stakes were too high for both the fighters but it was the champion who kept his composure and did what he always does best. Israel Adesanya dominated the Marvin Vettori in all aspects of the fight. Vettori lost the rematch and fell short to achieve his dream. The fight was a unanimous decision win for Adesanya with all three judges scoring the fight for him.
Marvin Vettori says The Italian Dream is alive
After his loss to Adesanya, Marvin took on social media to thank his fans for their support and said that his dream is still alive.
“Head’s up, moral is high, a lot of good, some mistakes to be addressed. One thing for sure: The Italian Dream is well and alive. Thank you for all the support “
In an interview right after UFC 263, Marvin shared his thought on the fight and Adesanya as an opponent.
“Right after the fight, I thought I won,” Vettori told BT Sport in the aftermath of UFC 263. “He’s like, ‘No, you didn’t win.’ But at the end of the day, it’s respect. We don’t like each other, but it’s respect. We’ve shared the octagon for eight rounds now, for 40 minutes. At the end of the day, you’ve got to give some props.
“I think 50-45 was definitely not the right decision, but it is what it is. At the end of the day, I’m 27 years old. I’m going to go back to the hotel. I’m going to go and run. I’m going to do like a five-mile run. I didn’t even take a hot shower because I didn’t think I deserve it. That’s how crazy I am. I’m going to go back and work and get ready for the next fight.”
“I had all the cards to beat him, but I didn’t,” Vettori said. “I said coming in I left no doubt, and even if I won, I would’ve left doubts. At the end of the day, I didn’t do enough.”
Marvin also stated what he wants next after this loss.
“I would like to really destroy this drunk guy who can’t even stay off drinking,” Vettori said. “It’s ‘Borrachinha.’”
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