Saturday night at UFC Fight Night Eye vs. Calvillo personal issues will come to a climax in the co-main event between Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson.
A fight that was originally going to take place at UFC Fight Night Smith vs. Teixeira on May 13th, was scrapped from the card when Roberson had issues with his weight cut.
Roberson and head coach Bright Wright decided to fly back to their home in New Jersey after being pulled from the card. As they left their rooms and headed to the elevator, they encountered Vettori’s nutritionist, Matteo Capodaglio.
Both sides have different versions of what unfolded before the confrontation. Roberson’s coach, Bright Wright stated upon seeing Matteo “He started texting when we got there. he was going to get in our elevator, and then he said, ‘no, no.’ Then he went across to the other one, and when we got down, Vettori was waiting for us. So that guy set us up.”
Marvin Vettori had something else to say about the situation according to him he was already looking for Roberson.
“I wanted him to look him in the eyes and ask him why he was doing this,” Vettori said. “I didn’t go with the best intentions – I didn’t go with the worst intentions. I honestly just went up, and I wanted to say, ‘so what happened?’”
The situation was civil at first, according to Vettori who said “You know you f****d up, right? And he said, ‘Yes, I know,'” Vettori said. “I was about to turn and go, because I was like, man, these guys are down. I can’t say anything. I was half-turned around, and he took off his mask, and he looks at me and says, ‘I heard you said I was scared to fight you.’ I turned around and said, ‘Hell yeah I said that. You were a broken man yesterday, and you’re a broken man today.’”
No matter whose version you believe or who’s exactly telling the truth. Things will be settled in some form Saturday Night in the Middleweight co-main event. Marvin Vettori enters the bout with a pro record of 14-3-1(4-2 UFC), and Karl Roberson enters the bout with a pro record of 9-2(4-2 UFC).
My prediction: Both men come out a little too emotional which results in a slower-paced round one with little to no action. Vettori edges it then heads into the 2nd round a little more focused. Vettori will begin to press Roberson landing the cleaner shots and volume to give him round two. Round three starts out with Roberson desperate for the finish coming out with big heavy shots, things settle down a little towards the end of the round but Roberson does enough to win the round. But it’ll be too little to late as Vettori wins a unanimous decision (29-28).