Marvin Vettori is coming into the UFC on ESPN 10 co-main event with a vengeance.
Vettori meets Karl Roberson in a rebooking this Saturday, June 13. The two were originally slated to fight at UFC on ESPN+29 on May 13 , but Roberson withdrew from the bout after not being medically cleared.
The two had an altercation later on when Roberson exited the host hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. In an interview with MMA reporter Niall McGrath, Vettori said he is still bitter a month later.
“I’m going to make him [Roberson] pay,” Vettori said.
“I take the fact that he messed with my life, with my coaches’ lives, with my team’s life, for a month of my life. It’s kind of personal.”
"I'm going to make him pay"
– Italy's Marvin Vettori says he'll make Karl Roberson suffer on Saturday night for late withdrawal at UFC Jacksonville | @MarvinVettori 🎙
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) June 11, 2020
The hard feelings between the pair stems from a series of events in Jacksonville. Roberson tipped the scale 1.5 pounds over the middleweight mark at the event’s weigh-ins on May 12.
Roberson accepted the pay cut, but fell ill later in the evening and was transported to a local hospital. He was released the day of the fight, but was not cleared by doctors.
As Roberson exited the host hotel with his team, Vettori shared a few words before being restrained. Vettori is planning to make the most of the second booking.
“But at the end of the day, the worst thing I can do to him is to beat him dominantly, in a dominant fashion and finish him,” Vettori said. “So that is what I will do.”
Vettori and Roberson are getting a better placement on the card this time around. After being scheduled to open the ESPN+ main card on May 13, the two are the co-main event on ESPN this Saturday.
Marvin Vettori is undefeated in his last two bouts. He most recently defeated Andrew Sanchez via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+19 in October 2019.
Like Vettori, Roberson is on a two-fight win streak. He most recently choked out Roman Kopylov at UFC Moscow in November 2019.
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