Marvin Vettori has hinted that Robert Whittaker has been forced out of their fight at UFC 275.
Vettori and Whittaker were set to fight in Singapore in a very intriguing matchup for the middleweight division. Both are 0-2 to the middleweight champion, but the winner would’ve cemented themselves as the top contender, and if Israel Adesanya either moves up or loses the belt, they would be right back in the mix for a title shot. Yet, Vettori took to social media to reveal that Whittaker is out of the fight and called out Darren Till and Khamzat Chimaev.
We’re back at this.
I think I’m the only 185er that can say that has never pulled out of a fight but anyway smash boys I’ll get you back to back lets do it I’m willing to die just show up @KChimaev @darrentill2 @Mickmaynard2 @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite
— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) April 20, 2022
“We’re back at this. I think I’m the only 185er that can say that has never pulled out of a fight but anyway smash boys I’ll get you back to back lets do it I’m willing to die just show up @KChimaev @darrentill2 @Mickmaynard2 @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite,” Vettori wrote on Twitter.
Marvin Vettori (18-5-1) returned to the win column last time out as he beat Paulo Costa by decision at light heavyweight. Prior to that, he suffered a lopsided decision loss to Adesanya for the belt, which was the second time he lost to the champ. Before the title fight loss, he was on a five-fight win streak with wins over Cezar Ferreria, Andrew Sanchez, Karl Roberson, Jack Hermansson, and Kevin Holland.
Vettori is currently ranked third at middleweight and it’s uncertain if the UFC will find a replacement opponent for him. There is a ton of time for them to find him an opponent and several ranked opponents do not have a fight booked, so it does seem likely he will remain on the card.
With Whittaker apparently out of the fight, here is what the UFC 275 lineup looks like:
- Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka – light heavyweight title fight
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Talia Santos – women’s flyweight title fight
- Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Marvin Vettori vs. TBD
- Brendan Allen vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Orion Cosce vs. Blood Diamond
- Silvana Gomez Juarez vs. Na Liang
- Kyung Ho Kang vs. Saimon Oliveira
- Joselyne Edwards vs. Ramona Pascual
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime