UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori admits that the buildup to his battle with Paulo Costa has lacked animosity, however that doesn’t imply his motivation isn’t there.
Coming off a heated pre-fight feud with champion Israel Adesanya, which culminated with a choice loss this previous June, Vettori is about to return in opposition to Costa on Saturday within the UFC Fight Night 196 predominant occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It’s large battle, to make sure, between two guys whose most up-to-date losses had been in opposition to the reigning champ. With a second consecutive defeat, both man would have a deep gap to climb out of in an effort to earn a second title shot.
Perhaps the excessive stakes are why issues have been comparatively quiet between Vettori (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) and Costa (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC). But with battle week’s arrival, perhaps that adjustments.
“I feel like we’ve been pretty quiet for the buildup to the fight. We’ll see how fight week (goes),” Vettori informed MMA Junkie. “I don’t just like the man essentially. He’s not a man that I might get together with as a good friend. He talked a bunch of sh*t earlier than, right here and there. But personally, I don’t know him. He by no means did something to me an excessive amount of that’s private. With that being mentioned, I don’t want something private to beat anyone unconscious. I don’t want something private, particularly to (take care of) the issue within the cage.
“I see it as, like, (my opponents) all have a part of what I want, regardless. Whoever gets in there is trying to stop me from getting what I want, so I don’t need to be mad to just mess up somebody’s face.”
On his option to a title shot, Vettori strung collectively 5 wins in a row earlier than a lopsided UFC 263 loss to Adesanya, a proven fact that Vettori nonetheless has hassle accepting. When he seems to be at Costa, who was TKO’d by Adesanya 13 months in the past for his first profession loss, Vettori is assured that he’s higher throughout.
“He’s good in some areas of the striking,” Vettori mentioned. “He definitely has a pop in his punch, and he definitely can crack. But I feel like, in general, as an MMA fighter, I’m superior. Even as a striker, I’m superior.”
He continued, “I’m gonna give the fans what they want. I want to knock this guy out, loud and clear. My mind is ready, my body is ready, and my spirit is ready, and I’m just ready to go.”