Marvin Vettori made history tonight. He became the first Italian-born fighter to headline a main event fight under the promotion. Hermansson had two opponents pull out of the fight before he was able to secure a fight this weekend against ‘The Italian Dream’.
Vettori deserves a ton of credit for stepping in on short notice and taking on a dangerous adversary in Jack Hermansson for five rounds.
‘The Italian Dream‘ secured an impressive unanimous decision win over five hard-fought rounds. The fight was definitely a contender for Fight Of the Night. Both men garnered a lot of praise from the MMA community for the valiant display.
Twitter reacts as Marvin Vettori secures a unanimous decision win over Jack Hermansson
Aljamain Sterling took to Twitter to realize the positive impact Vettori’s success would have on the individuals dreaming of a career in MMA from Italy.
Always cool to see a “first” for a country. Being the pioneer and having all eyes on you or getting all eyes on you, after a marquee win.
Just a few off the top of my head.
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 6, 2020
Nate Diaz also tweeted to congratulate Vettori on a job well done. Compliments from the Stockton native are hard to come by.
Congrats to @MarvinVettori 💯👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) December 6, 2020
UFC Strawweight Tatiana Suarez took to Twitter to congratulate both men for their valiant display tonight
Both fighters showed a lot of heart. That was fun! #UFCVegas16
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) December 6, 2020
Praise for the two men was not limited to the MMA community only. Singer and songwriter Austin Mahone tweeted in anticipation of a great fight between the two men. Which it was.
About to be some fireworks #UFCVegas16
— Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone) December 6, 2020
Former double champion Daniel Cormier tweeted and asked Vettori to smile now that he would be in the top 5 of the division.
@MarvinVettori is the real deal and he’s gonna be top 5 in the world next week. Congrats buddy, now smile
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 6, 2020
Fellow middleweight and teammate Kelvin Gastelum took to Twitter to congratulate his teammate on an epic performance.
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) December 6, 2020
Derek Brunson tweeted after the fight and indicated that he wanted a scrap against ‘The Italian Dream’ next. But, with ‘The Italian Dream’ having his eyes set on Paulo Costa. It’s doubtful that a fight between the two will materialize.
Marvin Vettori see you soon! #UFCVegas16
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 6, 2020
Vettori has now made sure that he will be in the top 5 of the division when the revised rankings come out. He will become the first Italian to be in the top 5 of a division in the UFC.
Vettori will surely inspire a host of young Italian fighters who are considering taking up the sport. ‘The Italian Dream’ will be hoping that his display made his countrymen proud.
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