UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori has been asking for an enormous struggle all yr. The slugger needed a matchup towards a top-ranked opponent. It didn’t fairly come collectively — by means of no fault of his personal — till now.
On the finish of what has been a attempting 2020 for Vettori, he’ll get a chance towards Jack Hermansson in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Evening on Saturday in Las Vegas. ESPN has Hermansson ranked No. 6 on the planet at middleweight.
Vettori was booked to struggle Darren Stewart in March at a UFC Struggle Evening in London. He made the trip there from California solely to search out out the occasion was canceled as a consequence of coronavirus. In Might, Vettori was scheduled to struggle Karl Roberson, however Roberson withdrew on the day of the bout after a nasty weight reduce. Vettori ultimately beat Roberson by first-round submission in Might.
Hermansson (21-5) is coming off a first-round submission win over Kelvin Gastelum in July. The Sweden native, who lives and trains in Norway, has received 5 of his previous six fights. Hermansson, 32, sports activities an 8-3 file within the UFC with six finishes.
Vettori (15-4-1) has received three in a row. His final loss got here towards present UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in April 2018, a cut up resolution. In all, the Italian fighter is unbeaten in 5 of his previous six UFC fights. Vettori, 27, has an opportunity to leap into title competition with a win Saturday night time.
Within the co-main occasion, mild heavyweight stalwart Ovince Saint Preux meets up-and-coming prospect Jamahal Hill. Saint Preux (25-14) is 3-4 in his previous seven. Hill (7-0, 1 NC) completed Klidson Abreu in his final bout again in Might, nevertheless it was overturned to a no contest by the Nevada State Athletic Fee (NSAC) as a consequence of a constructive drug take a look at for marijuana.
Additionally on the cardboard, Gabriel Benitez and Justin Jaynes meet in a battle of thrilling featherweights, undefeated featherweight prospect Movsar Evloev faces Nate Landwehr and bantamweight veterans Louis Smolka and Jose Quiñonez face off.
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (21-5, 8-3 UFC, +120) vs. Marvin Vettori (15-4-1, 5-2-1 UFC, -140)
Mild heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux (25-14, 12-9 UFC, +150) vs. Jamahal Hill (7-0 1 NC, 1-0 UFC 1 NC, -170)
Light-weight: Gabriel Benitez (21-9, 5-4 UFC, -210) vs. Justin Jaynes (16-5, 1-1 UFC, +180)
Mild heavyweight: Roman Dolidze 7-0, 1-0 UFC, -200) vs. John Allan (13-5 1 NC, 0-0 1 NC UFC, +175)
Light-weight: Matt Wiman (16-9, 10-7 UFC, +320) vs. Jordan Leavitt (7-0, 0-0 UFC, -400)
Males’s bantamweight: Louis Smolka (16-7, 7-7 UFC, -135) vs. Jose Quinonez (9-4, 5-3 UFC, +115)
Males’s flyweight: Jimmy Flick (15-5, 0-0 UFC, -165) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1, 0-0-1 UFC, +145)
Males’s featherweight: Ilia Topuria (9-0, 1-0 UFC, -240) vs. Damon Jackson (18-3-1, 1-0 UFC, +210)
Heavyweight: Gian Villante (17-12, 7-9 UFC, -185) vs. Jake Collier (11-5, 3-4 UFC, +175)