The Pro Take: Marvin Vettori’s Record Breaking Takedowns Secure UFC Vegas 23 Victory

Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland, UFC Vegas 23
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 10: (L-R) Marvin Vettori of Italy punches Kevin Holland in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

With the unfortunate news of Darren Till suffering a collarbone injury in training, Marvin Vettori was in need of an opponent – but it didn’t take long for Kevin Holland to sign on the dotted line and save the UFC Vegas 23’s main event.

Sure, Darren Till vs. Marvin Vettori would have been an entertaining main event with all the back-and-forth drama that created bad blood on social media between the two, but Vettori vs. Holland still promised to be an entertaining fight.

Kevin Holland was looking to bounce back after his recent decision loss against Derek Brunson this past March by taking a fight with Vettori on short notice. It was a dangerous return fight on short notice, but to Kevin Holland, a fight is a fight, and he wanted to remind the world that the mantra “anytime, anywhere” is what he is all about.

Marvin Vettori wanted that big name like Darren Till to advance to title contention, but a fight with Kevin Holland still could advance him in the middleweight rankings – something he has been very vocal about in the past. More important than his opponent, believed Vettori, was his performance.

He put on an impressive one Saturday. The story of the fight was the takedowns of Marvin Vettori. Vettori held Holland against the cage, generating some nice ground and pound. Whenever Holland tried to gain any offense, Marvin Vettori took the fight to the ground and implemented some more strategic ground and pound on route to a unanimous decision victory. In the process, setting a middleweight record for takedowns.


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