|Born||September 20, 1993|
|Other names||The Italian Dream|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb) |
|Division||Middleweight (2016–present) |
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Mezzocorona, Trentino, Italy|
|Team||London Shootfighters (2012–2014) |
Stabile Fight Team (2014–present)
Kings MMA (2015–present)
|Teacher(s)||Romulo Barral (BJJ) |
Rafael Cordeiro (Head coach)
Julian Chua (Boxe)
Markus Mollica (Wrestling)
Corey Beasley (S&C)
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Filippo Stabile|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Marvin Vettori (born September 20, 1993) is an Italian mixed martial artist. He is a former Venator Fighting Championship welterweight champion and he is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the Middleweight division. As of April 12, 2021, he is #3 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
Eldest of the three siblings, Vettori was born in Trento, Italy. He was interested in martial arts at a young age, and started training kickboxing as his first real martial art around the age of 13. He was inspired to train mixed martial arts after watching fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's fights at PRIDE on TV when he was sixteen.
When he started out training MMA in Italy, Vettori went to six different gyms to get all the skills and training he needed, as in Italy, at that time, the sport was still growing and a proper MMA gym was hard to find. He moved to London in 2012 for two years to train MMA and later moved to the United States to train at Kings MMA.
Vettori trains six days per week and his typical training day would split into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. He starts out his training at 10am to train on his striking technique with his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, for an hour, follow by wrestling drills and cage work with the help of Mark Muñoz. The second session would be in the evening to work on either the conditioning or BJJ training which usually would end at 10 p.m.
Vettori also has a clothing line coming up called 'Italian Dream Apparel'.
Vettori fought in the European circuit and amassed a record of 10–2 prior joining the UFC.
Vettori made his UFC debut on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202 against Alberto Emilliano Pereira. He tapped out Pereira via guillotine choke in round one.
Vettori next faced Antônio Carlos Júnior at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016. Both Vettori and Carlos Júnior committed eyepokes and received a warning each from the referee but no point was deducted. The fight lasted three rounds and Vettori lost via unanimous decision, with 29–28 scores across the board.
Vettori faced Vitor Miranda on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Vettori faced Omari Akhmedov on December 30 at UFC 219. The back-and-forth fight ended in a majority draw. One of the judges scored it 29–28 for Vettori, and the others viewed it as a 28–28 draw, with Akhmedov winning the first two rounds, but Vettori having a dominant 10–8 round in the third.
Vettori's next fight was scheduled on April 14, 2018 against future champion Israel Adesanya at UFC on Fox 29. He lost the fight via a split decision, with two judges scoring the fight 29-28 for Adesanya, and the third judging it as 29-28 for Vettori.
On April 23, 2019, it was reported that Vettori was suspended for 6 months as he tested positive for ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator, from an out-of-competition test conducted on August 24, 2018. The United States Anti-Doping Agency determined that the positive test was the result of a contaminated dietary supplement, and found no evidence of intentional use of the banned substance. He became eligible to fight again on February 24, 2019.
Vettori faced Cezar Ferreira on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
After the fight with Ferreira, Vettori signed a new contract with the UFC and was scheduled to face Andrew Sanchez on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16, replacing injured David Branch. However, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull from the event due to an eye infection, resulting the cancellation of the bout. In turn, the pairing was left intact and eventually took place a month later at UFC on ESPN+ 19. Vettori won the fight via unanimous decision.
Vettori was scheduled to face Darren Stewart on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled. Vettori was scheduled to meet Karl Roberson on April 25, 2020. However, on April 9, Dana White announced that this event was postponed. Instead Vettori was scheduled to face Karl Roberson on May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira. At the weigh-ins, Roberson weighed in at 187.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the middleweight non-title weight limit of 186 pounds. However, Roberson was removed from the fight due to rhabdomyolysis. The pair met on June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo. At the weigh-ins on June 12, Roberson once again missed weight, this time coming in at 190.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the non-title middleweight limit. The bout proceeded as a catchweight and Roberson was fined 30% of his purse. Vettori won the bout via first round submission. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Vettori was briefly linked to a rematch with Omari Akhmedov for UFC 256 on December 12, 2020, but it was later announced Vettori was expected to face Ronaldo Souza at the event. Vettori instead faced Jack Hermansson on 5 December 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19, after Hermannson's original opponent Kevin Holland tested positive for COVID-19. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Vettori was scheduled to face Darren Till on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2. However, on March 30, Till issued a statement that he will be pulling out of the fight due to a broken collarbone. Till was replaced by Kevin Holland. Vettori won the fight against Holland by unanimous decision, after having dominated Holland on the ground for the majority of the fight.
A rematch between Vettori and Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship is scheduled on June 12, 2021 at UFC 263.
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||17 wins||4 losses|
|Win||17–4–1||Kevin Holland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland||April 10, 2021||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–4–1||Jack Hermansson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori||December 5, 2020||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–4–1||Karl Roberson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo||June 13, 2020||1||4:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (190.5 lb) bout; Roberson missed weight. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–4–1||Andrew Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson||October 12, 2019||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–4–1||Cezar Ferreira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd||July 13, 2019||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||12–4–1||Israel Adesanya||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Draw||12–3–1||Omari Akhmedov||Draw (majority)||UFC 219||December 30, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–3||Vitor Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee||June 25, 2017||3||5:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Antônio Carlos Júnior||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 207||December 30, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Alberto Uda||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||1||4:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–2||Igor Araújo||Submission (guillotine choke)||Venator FC 3||May 21, 2016||1||4:30||Milan, Italy||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||9–2||Jack Mason||KO (knee and punches)||Venator FC 2||December 12, 2015||1||1:46||Rimini, Italy||Vettori missed weight (176.1 lb) and was stripped of the Venator Welterweight Championship. Only Mason was eligible to win the title.|
|Win||8–2||Daniele Scatizzi||Decision (unanimous)||Venator FC 1||May 30, 2015||3||5:00||Bologna, Italy||Won the Venator FC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2||Giorgio Pietrini||Submission (guillotine choke)||Venator FC: Guerrieri Italiani Semifinals||March 29, 2015||1||2:18||Bologna, Italy|
|Win||6–2||Anderson da Silva Santos||TKO (punches and elbows)||Venator FC: Guerrieri Italiani Quarterfinals||January 25, 2015||1||1:07||Bologna, Italy|
|Loss||5–2||Bill Beaumont||Decision (unanimous)||UCMMA 40||September 6, 2014||3||5:00||London, England||For the vacant UCMMA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Giorgio Pietrini||Submission (toe hold)||Impera FC 3||June 13, 2014||1||3:14||Rome, Italy|
|Win||4–1||Radovan Uskrt||Submission (triangle choke)||European MMA League 1||February 8, 2014||1||1:49||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||3–1||Luca Ronchetti||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Impera FC 2||December 14, 2013||1||4;07||Rome, Italy|
|Win||2–1||Matt Robinson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 37||November 30, 2013||1||3:30||London, England|
|Win||1–1||Tom Richards||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 35||August 3, 2013||1||1:31||London, England|
|Loss||0–1||Alessandro Grandis||Decision (unanimous)||New Generation Tournament 6||July 21, 2012||2||5:00||Seveso, Italy|