Marvin Vettori

Marvin Vettori gets his hand raised after defeating Jack Hermansson in the main event of UFC Vegas 16.

Marvin Vettori explains why he deserves a title shot, drops timeline for potential rematch with Israel Adesanya

UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori made his case for a title shot and dropped a timeline for a potential rematch with Israel Adesanya.

Vettori picked up his fifth straight win this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23 when he won a lopsided unanimous decision over Kevin Holland in the main event. For Vettori, it was another big win that will keep him entrenched as a top contender at 185lbs. And with no obvious No. 1 contender for Adesanya, Vettori is hoping the win over Holland will be enough to get a title shot.

Speaking to the media following UFC Vegas 23, Vettori explained his argument as to why he should be next in line to fight for the belt. As well, he dropped his potential timeline on when he would like to step back in the cage and take on Adesanya again.

“Five wins straight. I accepted anybody at any time. Always showing up, always making weight, never complaining about nothing. I just show up and I just beat these guys very dominantly. I leave no doubt. The last fight I had with Adesanya was the closest fight he’s ever had. That fight needs to be made again. I don’t think Robert Whittaker is that hungry. Next week, I want Dana to get me a ticket to sit next to him and watch the fight. Regardless, I think I’m next in line and I deserve it. I was supposed to fight Darren Till but he didn’t show up and now he’s out. I’m the most hungry by any means and I’m next for it. I’m next. Nobody has the winning streak that I have. All my opponents have been solid, and I’m next,” Vettori said.

“(I want to fight in) October or September. This fall. Italy, bro. If that could ever happen in Italy that would be a dream come true. Absolutely insane. The first time to bring the UFC to Italy and to fight for a title? That would be insane if it comes to fruition.”

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