Marvin Vettori is currently undefeated under the UFC banner and at UFC 207, he will be taking on Brazilian fighter Antonio Carlos Jr. Carlos Jr. has one of the better ground games in the middleweight division, something that Vettori isn’t to afraid of.
“I’m not scared of his ground,” Vettori told MMA Junkie Radio. “If I was doing a jiu-jitsu match I’d probably lose, but MMA is different. MMA is completely different. A lot of times, jiu-jitsu guys have a game. And they rely a lot on jiu-jitsu with a gi, especially. And most of the time in MMA you’ve got to throw that game away because it’s completely different. For sure, he’s been doing MMA for a while now, but even before – the first few fights he had, he couldn’t apply his jiu-jitsu too much. He was taking the back but couldn’t choke the guy, he was gassing out.”
Vettori may not be afraid of the ground game from Carlos Jr., and also isn’t afraid to make a prediction for his preliminary card encounter.
“First-round knockout or second-round TKO – second or third,” Vettori assessed. “Or a decision, too. But I’m going to beat him a lot.”
UFC 207 takes place on Friday, December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey headlining.