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UFC Vegas 41: Marvin Vettori pushes past Paulo Costa to take UD victory

Marvin Vettori overcame some big shots by opponent Paulo Costa to take an impressive unanimous decision win in the main event of UFC Vegas 41 in Las Vegas.

The fight was contested at light heavyweight after Costa came in unable to make the initial middleweight arrangement. Vettori was expected to take the fight to the ground but held his own on the feet, using flurries of strikes and kicks to the body to help take some of the starch out of Costa early.

Costa seemed winded in the second round but used a big headkick to Vettori to back up Vettori. But Vettori dug deep and overcame a late surge by Costa in the fifth round to take a 48-46, 48-46, 48-46 decision.

In the post-fight interview, Vettori acknowledged the toughness of Costa but slammed him for not making weight.

UFC president Dana White praised Vettori for taking the fight and Costa for performing in the octagon. Costa will now have to fight at light heavyweight, according to White.

With the win, Vettori jumps back into the title shot conversation, although he will probably need at least one more big win to earn another title shot. White agreed with reporters that the winner of Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson will probably be the priority for the next middleweight title shot as champion Israel Adesanya is expected to rematch former champion Robert Whittaker in February 2022.

Costa has now dropped two straight.

Vettori, and Alex Caceres earned performance of the night, while Gregory Rodrigues vs. Jun Yong Park earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

JONATHAN MARTINEZ DEF. ZVIAD LAZISHVILI VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

RANDA MARKOS DEF. LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

JEFF MOLINA DEF. DANIEL LACERDA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:46

JAI HERBERT DEF. KHAMA WORTHY VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:47

JAMIE PICKETT DEF. LAUREANO STAROPOLI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

TABATHA RICCI DEF. MARIA DE OLIVEIRA NETA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MASON JONES DEF. DAVID ONAMA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

GREGORY RODRIGUES DEF. JUN YONG PARK VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 3:13

MAIN CARD 

NICOLAE NEGUMEREAU VS. ISAAC VILLANEUVA

WINNER: NICOLAE NEGUMEREAU VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:18

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NICOLAE NEGUMEREAU VIA UD

Andrews: I was not expecting Nicolae to end it that quick. Good job.

DWIGHT GRANT VS. FRANCISCO TRINALDO 

WINNER: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA SD (29-27, 27-29, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA UD

Andrews: You have put Trinaldo away early it seems or he gets stronger.

ALEX CACERES VS. SEUNG WOO CHOI 

WINNER: ALEX CACERES VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 3:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX CACERES VIA UD

Andrews: Caceres overcame the illegal knee but was fortunate to take advantage of the position as Choi was doing well.

JESSICA-ROSE CLARK VS. JOSELYNE EDWARDS 

WINNER: JESSICA-ROSE CLARK VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JESSICA-ROSE CLARK VIA UD

Andrews: Clark did her thing.

GRANT DAWSON VS. RICK GLENN

WINNER:  MAJORITY DRAW (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDiCTION: GRANT DAWSON VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Glenn almost got the tap at the end. Good fight.

MAIN EVENT

#2 PAULO COSTA VS. #5 MARVIN VETTORI 

WINNER: MARVIN VETTORI VIA UD (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARVIN VETTORI VIA UD

Andrews: Vettori backed up his words except for the knockout. His stock has risen.

The next UFC event is UFC 267, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Light heavyweight champion. Jan Blachowicz defends his belt against challenger Glover Teixeira in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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