Helwani: Vettori wins; however, he’s not in control of the matchmaking
The pressure is really on Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum– that’s my largest takeaway from Saturday afternoon.
Currently, let me be clear: Vettori did what he had to do to win. He changed quite possibly after the preliminary, as well, as he once again revealed Holland’s absence of takedown defence as well as combated a terrific fight. That was an excellent, solid win. He has absolutely nothing to be embarrassed of.
After the battle, as anticipated, Vettori claimed he desired Israel Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champ, following in October. The Italian has won 5 straight and intends to the right the incorrect three years earlier when he shed a split choice to Adesanya, which so happens to be his last loss.
I get it. And also, I would not always be mad if he obtains the title shot. Nonetheless, how can you honestly justify considering that title shot to him when Derek Brunson did nearly the exact very same thing to Holland three weeks ago? Like, why would not Brunson obtain the shot initially?
To make sure that is why the pressure gets on Whittaker and Gastelum, meet in the following weekend’s centrepiece.
You see, we hailed the three middleweight main events in March and April as a mini-tournament to determine who would certainly be next for Adesanya since no well-defined competitor was waiting in the wings. And also, it does not look like Brunson or Vettori did enough to seal their area.
Holland was a fascinating candidate because he never fought Adesanya; however, he has lost two directly in three weeks. Darren Till was a front-runner, it appeared, but he was required to take out from Saturday’s main event because of a busted collarbone. To make sure, that leaves us with Whittaker and also Gastelum, which have both shed to Adesanya recently, too, yet that would additionally be great selections with good fortunes following weekend.
Whittaker shed his belt to Adesanya in 2019 but has looked remarkable in his previous two fights with sway Till and Jared Cannonier. Gastelum has won only once but did produce one of the best fights ever in a loss to Adesanya in 2019.
A big win for either individual might quite possibly seal their area as Adesanya’s following opponent. Otherwise, it could be Vettori. Hell, it can even be Brunson.
But, if you ask me, after the past two middleweight main events, the stress gets on next weekend break’s headliners to get this No. 1 area.
Amusing just how that functions.