Marvin Vettori breaks UFC record for takedowns in Kevin Holland win before calling out Israel Adesanya for title fight

MARVIN VETTORI set a new UFC middleweight record of 11 takedowns on the way to a dominant unanimous decision victory over Kevin Holland on Saturday night.

And The Italian Dream wasted little time before calling out champion Israel Adesanya for an October title shot.

Holland, 28, took the fight on just nine days notice, after Brit Darren Till was forced to pull out with a devastating broken collarbone sustained in training.

But Big Mouth's lack of time to make adjustments from his March 20 loss to Derek Brunson was painfully apparent.

The American was repeatedly taken to the canvas by Brunson, who secured a career-high five takedowns on the way to a dominant main event victory.

And while Holland appeared to cut out the gimmicks against Vettori, maintaining full focus for the whole fight, he was powerless to prevent the Italian's takedowns.

Holland appeared dangerous on the feet, but Vettori's prowess on the ground secured him a dominant decision victory, scoring 50-44s across the board.

And Brunson, 37, even tweeted: "I feel like Marvin Vettori owes me money for the blueprint!"

After the bout, Vettori, 27, wasted no time in calling out champion Adesanya – targeting an October showdown.

The sixth-ranked contender said: "Listen, I’m not too happy with what I did in there.


"I wanted to finish this guy and I wasn’t able to but it was a dominant win. I’m not the happiest right now but I keep winning, I keep progressing and I do it dominantly.

"I want Adesanya next. October, I want to fight him. I think I deserve it. I have the longest win streak right now. I put on winning performances. Dominant performances. I want this title."

Much could depend on how Robert Whittaker looks against Kelvin Gastelum during their Apex main event next weekend.

The Aussie former champ was extremely impressive against Jared Cannonier back in October, but was initially passed over in favour of Adesanya's ultimately unsuccessful bid to become light heavyweight champion against Jan Blachowicz.

Vettori, however, has accused Whittaker of 'lacking hunger'.

He missed his shot after beating Cannonier, that was his shot and he blew it

He said: "I don't think Whittaker is that hungry.

"He missed his shot after beating Cannonier, that was his shot and he blew it.

"He had his shot, he was the champ, he got knocked the hell out and I'm next, man."

Vettori previously fought Adesanya back in 2018, prior to the Nigerian's ascent to champion status, losing via split decision in Glendale, Arizona.

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