Marvin Vettori is set to take on Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 263, this weekend. The fight will be taking place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Vettori will be going into the fight, just one step away from middleweight greatness. If he manages to beat the ‘Last Stylebender’ he will become the first Italian to ever win a title in the UFC. In fact, Vettori is also the only Italian to have headlined a UFC event.
Marvin Vettori and Adesanya have already fought once. It was three years ago at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs Gaethje. They were relatively unknown back then. Adesanya had made his debut only 2 months prior to that, and Vettori was a newcomer as well. So, when exactly did the ‘Italian Dream’ make his UFC debut?
Marvin Vettori UFC debut: Alberto Uda was his opponent
Vettori made his debut, back in 2016 at UFC 202 (early prelims), which was headlined by the legendary showdown between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz (rematch). Not a bad card to kickstart your UFC career! Vettori faced Brazilian, Alberto Uda on his UFC debut.
The Italian made light work of Uda, winning via. submission in the very first round. Uda in fact, left the UFC after his loss to Vettori and was never seen again in American MMA promotions. Vettori was then pegged back in his very next fight, facing a unanimous decision loss against Antonio Carlos Junior. He then began to pick up the pace, until he met Adesanya.
Marvin Vettori is currently on a five-match win streak
Since his loss to Adesanya in 2018, Vettori has turned the tide in his favour. His grapple-heavy game has resulted in winning him a lot of fights, which was very evident in his last outing against Kevin Holland in April, earlier this year. Vettori executed a stunning 11 takedowns (a middleweight record) to leave Holland clueless.
Vettori is currently on a five-fight win streak, which means he hasn’t lost since ‘that’ Adesanya loss. It will take more than powerful striking and precision to stop the soaring Italian Dream.