‘Do NOT buy into Israel Adesanya’s bulls**t’: Marvin Vettori tells Jared Cannonier to ‘walk down’ champion and ignore showmanship at UFC 276
- Marvin Vettori has been beaten twice by Israel Adesanya in the UFC
- Italian believes he will inevitably earn a third attempt against the champion
- Adesanya is preparing to defend his belt against Jared Cannonier this Saturday
- Vettori said: ‘Cannonier would just have to not buy into any bulls**t’
Jared Cannonier ‘should not buy into Israel Adesanya’s ‘bulls**t’ in their UFC 276 headliner, says Marvin Vettori.
The Italian, who has suffered two defeats by Adesanya, is adamant that he will have a third crack at the champion in the future and thinks Saturday’s challenger must take the fight to the Kiwi.
Vettori told MMA Junkie: ‘Cannonier would just have to not buy into any bulls**t and just walk him down and land big shots, but Adesanya is game in that sense.
Marvin Vettori believes he will earn a third attempt against Israel Adesanya
Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori in the summer to retain his middleweight title
‘He’s been in there with a lot of big punchers and if he finds a hole, it’ll be a hard day for Cannonier.
‘Eventually I want to beat them both, so it’s OK, we’ll see. I think Adesanya will come out with the win, though.’
Cannonier is regarded as having the strength advantage but lacks the technical prowess of the champion.
It is perhaps the same discrepancy between Vettori and his old foe, but the 28-year-old insists he will have his revenge at some point.
Cannonier needs to walk down Adesanya and make his power tell, says Vettori
He went on: ‘It will happen no matter what. I’ll get my wins against Adesanya before I’m over with MMA unless he walks away before, but I feel like I’m the only real challenge to him, and every time I do fight him – he has the win in the last fight, but (I) came out unscathed.
‘He couldn’t really hurt me, not one single time. It was a lack of experience on my side, but yeah, for sure I want my win against him.’
Vettori was scheduled to take on Robert Whittaker earlier this month but the Australian had to withdraw due to injury.
They are currently set to meet on September 3 and the victor will be right in the frame for the next title shot.
Robert Whittaker (left) is next up for Vettori in their re-scheduled middleweight clash