Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori wasn’t the original main event of this show, but it proved to be a worthy replacement.
There was early drama as in round one, Vettori dropped him with a left hand, but instead of trying to finish with strikes, he went for a submission. Hermansson was able to recover. Vettori shutdown a takedown attempt in round two and dominated the frame on top. Hermansson let his hands go more in the third round. For the final two rounds, it continued to be a close striking affair. The judges gave the win to Vettori by unanimous decision.
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Hermansson was coming off a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event from Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island aka Fight Island. He had suffered a TKO loss to Jared Cannonier at the UFC Copenhagen event from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. He scored a decision win over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fort Lauderdale This is where he stepped in on short notice to defeat the Brazilian.
Vettori had gone 3-1-1 in his last five fights with a majority draw against Omari Akhmedov at UFC 219, a split decision loss to Israel Adesanya in April 2019 before rattling off two straight decision wins over Cezar Ferreria and Andrew Sanchez in 2019. His previous fight saw him get a submission win over Karl Roberson at the UFC on ESPN 10 event.
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