Marvin Vettori outpoints Paulo Costa in grueling back-and-forth war at UFC Vegas 41

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCWhether during fight week or in the actual fight itself, Marvin Vettori handled everything Paulo Costa threw at him for UFC Vegas 41 and kept on coming. Vettori (18-4-1) ended a chaotic week in Las Vegas by getting the last laugh on Costa (13-2), outpointing the Brazilian in Saturday’s back-and-forth main event to win a grueling unanimous decision at the UFC’s Apex facility. All three judges scored the contest 48-46 in Vettori’s favor. “I know I have the biggest heart, I know I have the biggest will,” Vettori said. “And when it goes to the fourth and fifth rounds, there’s no way nobody can keep up. “But a lot of people were saying how he’s not going to be ready — I feel a lot of it was a trick. He didn’t want to cut weight but he actually came pretty ready.” The Italian Dream turning up the pace in round 1#UFCVegas41 @MarvinVettori pic.twitter.com/xFck9C0GU6— UFC (@ufc) October 23, 2021 The lead-up to UFC Vegas 41 centered solely around Costa’s antics on the scale. After originally agreeing to a middleweight fight with Vettori, Costa’s failure to cut weight forced the fight to be re-booked as a 195-pound catchweight before settling in as a 205-pound affair, with Vettori claiming 20 percent of Costa’s show purse. Costa’s unprofessionalism was plain to see in the cage too, as the Brazilian dwarfed his Italian opponent and looked to be taking advantage of every bit of the extra weight. Regardless, Vettori persevered and set the tone early by pummeling Costa with an relentless barrage of striking volume. Costa responded with a bevy of punishing body work of his own — whether it was kicks, knees, or digging hooks to the body, seemingly everything was landing for Costa — and he even blasted Vettori with several flush kicks to the head, yet somehow Vettori ate every shot and continued to fire back strong. Borrachinha w/ the body work! #UFCVegas41 pic.twitter.com/xl8GgaytOU— UFC (@ufc) October 23, 2021 Costa’s best stanzas were Round 2 and Round 5, however an eye poke marred the former for Costa and led referee Jason Herzog to take a point away from “The Eraser.” In the end, Vettori won the overall striking battle by a margin of 214-172 and out-landed Costa in significant strikes 190-163 to capture his fifth win over his last six UFC fights and overcome the litany of hurdles placed in his way by his UFC Vegas 41 foe. “He should’ve made weight. It’s a respect to all of us,” Vettori said. “But, you know, I get to buy myself another watch with his money, and I still got the win — and I’m proud of it.” The combined striking stats amounted to the fourth-largest total of strikes landed for a fight in UFC history — and the most ever landed for a bout not featuring Max Holloway. With the loss, Costa has now dropped back-to-back fights for the first time of his MMA career.

Marvin Vettori outpoints Paulo Costa in grueling back-and-forth war at UFC Vegas 41
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Whether during fight week or in the actual fight itself, Marvin Vettori handled everything Paulo Costa threw at him for UFC Vegas 41 and kept on coming.

Vettori (18-4-1) ended a chaotic week in Las Vegas by getting the last laugh on Costa (13-2), outpointing the Brazilian in Saturday’s back-and-forth main event to win a grueling unanimous decision at the UFC’s Apex facility.

All three judges scored the contest 48-46 in Vettori’s favor.

“I know I have the biggest heart, I know I have the biggest will,” Vettori said. “And when it goes to the fourth and fifth rounds, there’s no way nobody can keep up.

“But a lot of people were saying how he’s not going to be ready — I feel a lot of it was a trick. He didn’t want to cut weight but he actually came pretty ready.”

The lead-up to UFC Vegas 41 centered solely around Costa’s antics on the scale. After originally agreeing to a middleweight fight with Vettori, Costa’s failure to cut weight forced the fight to be re-booked as a 195-pound catchweight before settling in as a 205-pound affair, with Vettori claiming 20 percent of Costa’s show purse.

Costa’s unprofessionalism was plain to see in the cage too, as the Brazilian dwarfed his Italian opponent and looked to be taking advantage of every bit of the extra weight.

Regardless, Vettori persevered and set the tone early by pummeling Costa with an relentless barrage of striking volume. Costa responded with a bevy of punishing body work of his own — whether it was kicks, knees, or digging hooks to the body, seemingly everything was landing for Costa — and he even blasted Vettori with several flush kicks to the head, yet somehow Vettori ate every shot and continued to fire back strong.

Costa’s best stanzas were Round 2 and Round 5, however an eye poke marred the former for Costa and led referee Jason Herzog to take a point away from “The Eraser.”

In the end, Vettori won the overall striking battle by a margin of 214-172 and out-landed Costa in significant strikes 190-163 to capture his fifth win over his last six UFC fights and overcome the litany of hurdles placed in his way by his UFC Vegas 41 foe.

“He should’ve made weight. It’s a respect to all of us,” Vettori said. “But, you know, I get to buy myself another watch with his money, and I still got the win — and I’m proud of it.”

The combined striking stats amounted to the fourth-largest total of strikes landed for a fight in UFC history — and the most ever landed for a bout not featuring Max Holloway.

With the loss, Costa has now dropped back-to-back fights for the first time of his MMA career.

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UFC Vegas 41 in Tweets: Pros react to Marvin Vettori’s victory after five-round brawl with Paulo Costa

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCIt was surely one of the strangest fight weeks in recent memory as Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori’s fight slowly moved away from middleweight and ended up in the light heavyweight division for UFC Vegas 41’s main event. Costa found himself down a point in the second round after poking Vettori in the eye, and after five nonstop rounds, Marvin Vettori found himself on the right side of the decision. Here’s what fighters had to say about the UFC Vegas 41 main card. Marvin Vettori def. Paulo Costa Stellar performance from Marvin . He shows up and fight ! #UFCVegas41— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 23, 2021 Vettori is thought though.Great performance for both of them!#UFCVegas41— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) October 23, 2021 My Opinion @MarvinVettori Can Stay at Light Heavyweight and Go For The Strap There Izzy Got Yo Number G #UFCVegas41— Joaquin New Mansa Buckley (@Newmansa94) October 23, 2021 Thanks for that fight guys. That was close every round and neither of them gassed out 20+ lbs heavier than normal. One of the best of the year #UFCVegas41— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) October 23, 2021 Vettori can take shots man— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) October 23, 2021 What a fight! Not happy with how he ended that 5th RD, but Vettori has nothing to hang his head about. That was a great performance from both men. Makes you wonder what this looks like at 185 lb, like it was intended to be. #UFCVegas41— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 23, 2021 Omg ! Couple savages !— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 23, 2021 Man after this whole week and now this fight Marvin should gain a million new fans— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 23, 2021 Grant Dawson vs. Ricky Glenn declared majority draw Glenn is a gritty vet!!— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 23, 2021 He was out!! #UFCVegas41— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) October 23, 2021 Out or nah ?— Olivier Aubin-Mercier (@oliaubin) October 23, 2021 Out or nah or draw*— Olivier Aubin-Mercier (@oliaubin) October 23, 2021 Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards That wrestling grind from @missjessyjess — Cheyanne Buys (@CheyWarPrincess) October 23, 2021 very good fight from clark, his improvement in wrestling is impressive #UFCVegas41 @ufc— Juan Espino El Guapo (@juan_espino_ofi) October 23, 2021 Alex Caceres def. Seungwoo Choi Wooooow Bruce leroyyyyy— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 23, 2021 This dude right here did the damn thing. Congrats homie @BruceLeeroyGlow pic.twitter.com/56PODReyNB— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) October 23, 2021 Caceres came back from death itself #UFCVegas41 @ufc— Juan Espino El Guapo (@juan_espino_ofi) October 23, 2021 Chois performance was great, but Caceres was just better and his jiu jitsu is top notch #UFCVegas41— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) October 23, 2021 Wooooow Bruce leroyyyyy— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 23, 2021 fight fans from the couch always know better. I’m glad Caceres wasn’t severely compromised after that illegal knee. 5 in a row! Putting the division on notice that he’s still game for greatness! #UFCVegas41— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 23, 2021 Francisco Trinaldo def. Dwight Grant Well that did not age well.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) October 23, 2021 Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ike Villanueva Well that was quick first round TKO #UFCVegas41— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) October 23, 2021 Those all looked like they were back of the head... #UFCVegas41— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) October 23, 2021 Great fights so far #UFCVegas41— Thiago Moisés (@ThiagoMoisesMMA) October 23, 2021

UFC Vegas 41 in Tweets: Pros react to Marvin Vettori’s victory after five-round brawl with Paulo Costa
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

It was surely one of the strangest fight weeks in recent memory as Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori’s fight slowly moved away from middleweight and ended up in the light heavyweight division for UFC Vegas 41’s main event.

Costa found himself down a point in the second round after poking Vettori in the eye, and after five nonstop rounds, Marvin Vettori found himself on the right side of the decision.

Here’s what fighters had to say about the UFC Vegas 41 main card.


Marvin Vettori def. Paulo Costa


Grant Dawson vs. Ricky Glenn declared majority draw


Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards


Alex Caceres def. Seungwoo Choi


Francisco Trinaldo def. Dwight Grant


Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ike Villanueva

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