"The Italian Dream" is sure Israel Adesanya's time has come.
Marvin Vettori senses he is just a victory away from another title shot as he takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship kingpin Robert Whittaker in the upcoming UFC Paris co-headliner on Sept. 3. According to Vettori (18-5-1, 8-3-1 UFC), the winner of that fight has to be granted another shot at the divisional belt, which will soon be put on the line in a much-anticipated rematch between defending champion Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.
"It has to be," Vettori said in an exclusive interview with InsideFighting's Andrew Capucetti. "I mean, so I'll get a title shot. I think Pereira is fighting Adesanya, and the winner of this fight with the winner of that fight will fight for the title. I think Pereira beats Adesanya. Adesanya's time has passed. I believe so, man. Look at his last few fights."
Vettori is looking for another title shot after failing to capture the middleweight championship against Adesanya in June 2021. Overall, "The Last Stylebender" has defeated his foe twice, considering a narrow split decision victory Adesanya recorded over Vettori in their first clash in 2018. The Italian fighter is sure they will fight again inside the Octagon.
"After I'm the champ, he can come and try to get it again."
In his latest appearance, "The Italian Dream" dominated Paulo Costa en route to a unanimous decision in UFC Fight Night 196 headliner in October. At the moment, Vettori focuses just on Whittaker and wants to bring the heat to his next foe. Fans shouldn't blink as Vettori is sure his next fight will end inside the distance.
"I can do many things, but it's gonna be fire, man. I'm gonna go out to finish that fight. It's just three rounds. So you're gonna see a lot of action. I wanna finish the fight 'cause that's gonna be my statement. It's gonna be fire. Be ready, my friend."