Ultimate Fighting Championships will host a major pay-per-view event this Saturday in the desert. This time, it’s south of the normal venue, taking place in Glendale at Gila River Arena. The 14-bout card features two title fights. For fans, there’s a great opportunity to get involved with the main event.
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UFC’s page for the event lists the middleweight title match as Adesanya-Vettori 2. Yes, these two met back in 2018 on a FOX-broadcast card. Adesanya won a split decision in just his second UFC appearance.
After the loss, Vettori tested positive for ostarine while training. The United States Anti-Doping Association ruled he had ingested it from a contaminated dietary supplement and only suspended him for six months. Since that suspension ended in February 2019, Vettori has won five straight fights and attained a #3 ranking in his weight class.
Adesanya won the interim UFC Middleweight Championship against Kelvin Gastelum in April 2019, one of the best-regarded fights of the year, before unifying the title against Robert Whittaker. Since then, the Nigerian-born champ has won two successful defenses. He moved up a weight class in March 2021 to challenge light-heavyweight champ Jan Blachowitz, dropping a unanimous decision for his first loss in UFC.
At face value, this seems like an easier fight to predict. The champ enters a -280 favorite while Vettori is +220 on FanDuel’s boards. However, the question lingers how Adesanya will come back after tasting his first defeat. He has won over 90 percent of his professional bouts as a boxer and kickboxer before joining the UFC.
However, Vettori has the momentum with his win streak and the element of revenge on his side. The 30-1 could work for either side. It should also draw more viewers to an intriguing card to see one of UFC’s lesser-known champs with an opportunity to cement his spot as a marquee name.