Israel Adesanya, UFC 263

Israel Adesanya picked apart Marvin Vettori on the feet to defend his middleweight champion at UFC 263 on Saturday, June 12. [Courtesy of @UFCNews via Twitter]

Marvin Vettori sends a message to Israel Adesanya: “It’s just a matter of time”

Marvin Vettori sent a message to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, saying that “it’s just a matter of time” until he takes his belt.

Vettori is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Paulo Costa at UFC Vegas 41 last weekend in what was a light heavyweight bout after Costa missed weight. Vettori has now won six of his last seven fights overall and he is currently ranked at No. 2 in the UFC middleweight division. Right now, the only man between him and Adesanya is former champ Robert Whittaker, who will be fighting Adesanya at UFC 271 in their own rematch.

For Vettori, he is in a tough spot right now because he has already lost twice by Adesanya, both times by decision, with the latest loss coming at UFC 263 back in June. Still, Vettori did better against Adesanya than most other opponents at 185lbs have, and, speaking to TMZ Sports, Vettori sent the champ a strong message.

“Adesanya, I’m coming for you, man. It’s just a matter of time. I’m in your head rent-free, you know that,” Vettori said.

As far as Vettori goes, he believes that Adesanya knows how good of a fighter he is, and if Adesanya is able to get past Whittaker early next year, then Vettori is hoping he could potentially land the trilogy fight with him.

“He’s full of sh*t, man. He never gives me credit, but he knows. He knows what’s up, he knows I’m the only guy who’s going to beat him. It’s just a matter of time. Let’s see how it goes with Whittaker, and I’m right there. I’m the biggest opposition for him and he knows that. It’s just a matter of time until I’m going to win that title,” Vettori.

Do you believe Marvin Vettori when he says he will eventually defeat Israel Adesanya and win the UFC middleweight title?

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