Marvin Vettori picked up the biggest win of his Career on Saturday night, picking up a unanimous decision defeating Jack Hermansson with a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC On ESPN 19 on Saturday night at the UFC Apex, Live On ESPN.
Vettori (16-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) replaced Jack Holland with just six days notice. Howevrr, he and Hermansson (21-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) fought out a “Fan Of The Night” worthy spectacle, with both giving everything in the Octagon. The brutal slugfest ended with Vettori picking up a unanimous decision with Scores 49-46(x2) , 49-45.
“I feel like I could do much better but man this guy was tough. I thought I would finish him but he came back. Today, I was stronger, man.
Both started the first round firing as both rattled one another, Vettori connected straight lefts while Hermansson connected right hands and body kicks. Vettori’s next move was a flirry, which sent Hermansson crumbling to the canvas but his next move failed him as going in for a choke only helped Hermansson recover from the flurry.
Vettori picked up where he stopped in the second round, dominating the fight as Hermansson switched to grappling feeding a superb grappler like Vettori an opportunity. Vettori switch quickly and dominated proceedings on the mat.
Hermansson upped his pace in the third round, connecting quick bodykicks with overhand rights to force Vettori into a defensive stand. Loosing that round, forced Vettori into another gear in the fourth and fifth round connecting a total of 94 strikes as compared to Hermansson’s 63. Both were unable to get a knockout but Vettori had done enough for a decision buy the time of the final horn.
Complete UFC on ESPN 19 results:
Marvin Vettori def. Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) Jamahal Hill def. Ovince Saint Preux via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 3:37 Gabriel Benitez def. Justin Jaynes via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 4:06 Roman Dolidze def. John Allan via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) Jordan Leavitt def. Matt Wiman via knockout (slam) – Round 1, 0:22 Louis Smolka def. Jose Quinonez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:15 Ilia Topuria def. Damon Jackson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:38 Jake Collier def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)