Marvin Vettori gets back on the winning track with win over Roman Dolidze at UFC 286
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us today, March 18, 2023, for UFC 286, going down live from the o2 Arena in London, England.
Headlining the event is a welterweight championship bout between Leon Edwards (20-3, 1 NC) and Kamaru Usman (20-2), the third time these two squared off inside the octagon.
Co-headlining the event was a lightweight contest between no. 3 ranked former title challenger Justin Gaethje (23-4) and no. 6 ranked fellow knockout artist Rafael Fiziev (12-1).
Opening up the main card tonight is a middleweight clash between no. 4 ranked former title challenger Marvin Vettori (19-6-1) and no. 9 ranked Roman Dolidze (12-2).
Vettori had gone 1-1 since challenging for the middleweight title in 2021, defeating fellow former title challenger Paulo Costa, before losing to former champion Robert Whittaker in his most recent outing, while Dolidze came into tonight’s affair on a four-fight win streak, having secured knockout victories in his last three appearances.
Continue reading to see how this middleweight clash went down:
Official Result: Marvin Vettori def. Roman Dolidze via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Dolidze connects with some heavy punches early on and backs Vettori up.
Vettori keeps his composure and starts to land some nice punches and kicks of his own. Dolidze lands some more heavy rights toward the end of the first, but the always tough Vettori stays in there and we go into round two.
Dolidze continues to back Vettori up through the second round, though he isn’t throwing as often as he did in the first and Vettori is landing some clean shots.
Both men have a good round three; Vettori begins to really batter the inside of Dolidze’s lead leg, and Dolidze gets some good combinations off. This was a close one, though the scorecards don’t exactly paint that picture.
Marvin Vettori gets back to his winning ways with victory over Roman Dolidze at UFC 286.
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