The Pro Take: Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa Deliver in a Five Round War

Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori, UFC Vegas 41
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Paulo Costa of Brazil kicks Marvin Vettori of Italy in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC Vegas 41 could have been billed as Italy vs. Brazil, with an Italian stallion (or, well, dream) in Marvin Vettori going up against a Brazilian Hulk, Paulo Costa. Instead, the storyline all week leading up to the main event was the lack of weight cutting from Paulo Costa. Costa was willing to throw in the towel early into fight week and asked Marvin Vettori to compete at catchweight fight. Then, the 195lb catchweight was bumped up to light heavyweight.

No matter what was behind the weight issue Costa was going through, Marvin Vettori came to fight, and accepted the bout regardless of weight. He was looking to surpass Costa and rise once again up the ranks and capture another shot at UFC middleweight champ, Israel Adesanya. If Vettori gets another shot at Izzy, he no doubt believes the third time will be the charm — but it won’t be an easy sell.

As soon as the Octagon door locked behind them, Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa went to war for five rounds. Even with a point being deducted early in the second round and with visible signs of a gas tank fading, Paulo Costa was still dangerous and gave Marvin Vettori every ounce of power he had. Even taking multiple power shots from Costa, Vettori looked to be the fresher of the two through four rounds and despite the damage beginning to add up in the fifth, Marvin Vettori saw the final bell and all his hard work during the main event was rewarded with the decision victory.


Here is how the pros saw the UFC Vegas 41 main event.