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Dana White: ‘It will probably be Marvin Vettori’ getting the next title shot against Israel Adesanya – MMA Root



While Robert Whittaker has definitely earned himself a chance to reclaim the UFC middleweight title, it looks like he may not get his next title shot.

Whittaker delivers a sensational performance by defeating Calvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Vegas 24 last Saturday night. The Reaper has won three fights in the nine months since losing the 185-pound title to reigning champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, and has no doubt put himself in position for a rematch with Adesanya.

According to Dana White, Adesanya appears poised to return to the Octagon sooner rather than later after failing to become a two-division champion when he lost by unanimous decision to light heavyweight title winner Jan Blakhovich in the main event of UFC 259 in March. … The timing of Adesanya’s return does not seem to coincide with Whittaker, which seems to cause White and the matchmakers to look in a different direction.

During Bill Simmons’ podcast appearance this week, UFC President Dana White was asked to name two fighters who could become big stars of the promotion in the next two years. Along with Mackenzie, Dern White has named another up-and-coming middleweight contender who has been waiting for his own rematch with Adesanya, and it looks like he might very well get one.

“The guy I’m high on right now is from Italy, his name is Marvin Vettori,” White said. “It looks like Robert Whittaker, who just fought on Saturday night, will not be ready to fight Israel Adesanya at a time when Israel wants to fight. So Marvin Vettori will probably be the first. “

Although White did not reveal the schedule for Adesanya’s next appearance, broadcast partner ESPN reports that negotiations are under way for The Last Master of Style to compete at UFC 263 on June 12. MMA Fighting has subsequently confirmed from a source close to the situation that the fight is targeted, but that has yet to be done. at the moment.

Vettori lost to Adesanya by split decision at UFC on FOX 29 in April 2018. Since then, Italian Dream have won five straight wins, including two straight main event victories over Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland.

White sees great stellar potential in Vettori and believes he can help develop the brand in his home country.

“Like Conor McGregor, Conor sparked Europe. Everyone who didn’t know the UFC now knows the UFC because of Conor McGregor all over Europe. This is what this guy could do for Italy, ”White said.

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