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Marvin Vettori Makes Case For #1 Contender Status After UFC On ABC 2 – MMA Root



Marvin Vettori believes he will be the number one contender at middleweight after his fight in the UFC main event on ABC 2 against Kevin Holland.

Originally, Vettori was set to fight Darren Till in what would have been a crucial fight for the division. The winner could have had a title shot or won away. However, the Englishman was forced to leave the fight with a broken collarbone, which is why Vettori believes he is the number one contender.

“I’m next because these guys can’t do it, man,” Vettori said on media day (via MMAJunkie). “Like, by default I need to take his place. You are not there to defend your place. You are not there to defend anything. Like you have that pen on that table. If you’re not there and you’re supposed to be there to defend that pen, and I’m going, I’ll take the pen. You are not there to defend it. “

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Marvin Vettori (Photo: Chris Unger / Zuffa)

Although many may think that Robert Whittaker is the number one contender, he still needs to beat Kelvin Gastelum. The Italian has also been active and has taken notice of fights and opponent changes on short notice to climb the middleweight ranks.

Although the Netherlands are not a top five opponent, Vettori is confident that with a stoppage win, it would make him the number one contender. Especially after watching Derek Brunson skyrocket through the ranks after beating him three weeks ago.

“At the end of the day, I think it’s more about the performance I’m going to do than the opponent,” Vetori said. “As if Derek Brunson climbed so high in the rankings by beating this guy like not even in an excellent way, I go out and do it myself, and you know I’m going to be next in line, I think.”

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