Marvin Vettori sweeps past Kevin Holland with unanimous points win in a grueling five-round fight at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas … and the Italian wants to go to Israel Adesanya one more time after this
- Marvin Vettori achieved a unanimous points victory over Kevin Holland on Saturday
- UFC Fight Night saw Vettori beat the Netherlands 50-44 over five hard-fought rounds
- The Italian dominated the game and took down the Netherlands 11 times
- Vettori demanded a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya
Marvin Vettori took an unequivocal victory over stand-in opponent Kevin Holland at UFC Fight Night on Saturday night, and wants a rematch with Israel Adesanya.
The Italian fighter was set to fight Darren Till, but the Brit withdrew from the middleweight fight due to a collarbone injury he sustained in practice.
Vettori showed little concern about the trade, beating the Netherlands in five suffocating rounds, with all three judges scoring the Italian 50-44.
Marvin Vettori (left) won a unanimous points decision against Kevin Holland at UFC Fight Night
All three judges named Vettori the winner 50-44 after a grueling five-round battle in Las Vegas
After promising to ‘break’ Holland at the weigh-in, Vettori started the fight in his classic style to fight on the ground.
Holland was wise in the maneuver and charged with several sharp punches to keep Vettori afloat, but soon the Italian was exercising his authority in the fight.
Holland did his best to keep Vettori within reach, but couldn’t stop the throbbing of his body and legs, and before long Vettori had performed several hard takedowns.
Once on the ground, Vettori demonstrated his superiority, stayed on top of the Netherlands and rained blows that the American could not escape.
Vettori stuck to his plan to attack Holland low and bring him to the mat
Once on the ground, Vettori showed his dominance and struck several heavy blows over the Netherlands
Holland’s eye was badly swollen at the start of the third round, after receiving severe punishment from Vettori. The Italian stuck to his game plan, swept through the Dutch defense, took him to the mat and hit hard from the mountain.
Vettori’s total of 11 takedowns was a record for the UFC’s 185-pound division.
Despite his impressive victory, the Italian was disappointed that he did not receive a knockout blow.
Holland tried to keep Vettori at arm’s length and on his feet with a series of straight thrusts
But Vettori was relentless to bring the fight to the Netherlands, which received a lot of punishment
“Look, I’m not too happy with what I did there,” Vettori said in his interview after the fight. ‘I wanted to kill this man and I couldn’t, but it was a dominant win. I’m not the happiest at the moment, but I keep winning, I keep moving forward and I’m dominating. ‘
Vettori also called out reigning middleweight champion Adesanya, whom he lost after a split decision in 2018.
“I want Adesanya next,” he said. ‘October, I want to fight him. I think I deserve it.
‘I currently have the longest win streak. I put in winning performances. Dominant performance. I want this title. ‘
Vettori (left) said he wants a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (right)