Robert Whittaker vs Marvin Vettori Predictions
Key Stat: Whittaker and Vettori are made for five rounds
- This is a three-round bout and we can hardly see a stoppage
- Both men have been on impressive winning streaks if we ignore their respective defeats to champion Adesanya
- Whittake has a slight edge as confirmed by the sportsbooks
The No 1 and No 2 middleweight contenders are set to lock horns in the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night in Paris this Saturday at Accom Arena. Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori are both elite fighters and certainly belong to the very best this division has at the moment. Nevertheless, they share the same problem and his name is Israel Adesanya. Whittaker and Vettori have tried their luck two times each against the champion and the outcome was always the same – Adesanya’s win.
There is thus no room for either of the two fighters for a title shot any time soon but this is a very important affair for both of them. The loser will likely struggle to get a chance for the middleweight title ever again. Both men are well suited for five round fights and their matches have usually gone to the distance in the last couple of years. This is a three-round bout which only reduces the appeal for the stoppage. We have two similarly-skilled fighters but we have to give at least a slight advantage to Whittaker. You can back the New-Zealander to win via Decision at the odds of -110.
Key Stat: Majority of both men’s recent fights have gone to the distance
- We constantly keep underestimating Whittaker’s wrestling skills
- We can hardly see the way in which Vettori could possibly finish Whittaker here
- Ten of Vettori’s previous eleven fights have all been decided by decision
It is very hard to see a stoppage here based on everything we have seen from these two fighters so far in the UFC. Vettori should be looking to send the fight to the ground on paper but we keep forgetting how good Whittaker is all-round. People generally underestimate Whittaker’s wrestling skills and we doubt there is any way that Vettori could finish him with submission. The vast majority of both fighters’ bouts have gone to the distance and we are going to back the same scenario to happen when they come across each other this Saturday. This pick is paid at the -250 odds.
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