Marvin Vettori Criticizes Israel Adesanya’s Championship Mentality: ‘He Fights Like A B*tch’

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 21, 2022

    Twice sharing the Octagon with current undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya – #2 ranked contender, Marvin Vettori has questioned the championship mentality of the defending titleholder, claiming that he’s not a fan of Adesanya’s approach to title defenses.

    Vettori, who initially clashes with Adesanya back in April 2018, dropped a split decision defeat to the City Kickboxing mainstay, before embarking on a run to a championship rematch against the Nigerian-Kiwi last summer.

    Headlining UFC 263 in June, Vettori suffered his second career loss to Adesanya – this time in a much more clear-cut unanimous decision defeat at the Gila River Arena.

    In the time since, however, Vettori returned to winning-ways at UFC Vegas 41 back in October, headlining in an impromptu light heavyweight main event against Paulo Costa – turning in a Fight of the Year contender en route to a unanimous decision victory.

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    Likely to find himself on the championship trail once again with possibly one more victory, Vettori commented on the reign of Adesanya, claiming that he fights like a “b*tch” and doesn’t take the opportunity to make a statement in his title defenses.

    “The way (Israel) Adesanya fights, he fights like a b*tch, bro,” Marvin Vettori told EsNews. “I swear. He fought me like a b*tch. He fought (Yoel) Romero like a b*tch. When he knows, like he can’t really hurt a guy or nothing, he’ll like fight – he’ll fight, he’ll run, he’ll score. He’s like, ‘Oh, you got to beat me to become the champion.’”

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    “His mentality is not like, ‘I am the champion, I’m going to f*ck you up. That’s my f*cking (inaudible).’ Marvin Vettori said. “He’s thinking like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna cruise. If you want to come and beat me, you’ll have to beat me.’ That’s how he thinks.” 

    Vettori also maintains that Adesanya’s apparent tendency to coast in fights after establishing a lead on the scorecards, will result in him never topping the official pound-for-pound rankings.

    “That, to me, will never be – he (Israel Adesanya) can’t be the pound-for-pound best,” Marvin Vettori said. “Pound-for-pound best is like, ‘You’re f*cking with the champion, this is my reign, I’m gonna destroy you.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

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    For Adesanya, the middleweight kingpin is slated to headline UFC 271 on February 12. in a championship rematch against former undisputed gold holder, Robert Whittaker.