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Not only is he making the walk off a loss for the first time, but it’s also the first time that he’ll share the Octagon with a familiar foe. Ironically, they’ll be running it back in the exact same venue, as well, as 1,155 days after meeting in combat for the first time, Adesanya will once again square off with Marvin Vettori inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, only this time, the middleweight title will be hanging in the balance.

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“That was a side mission going up to 205,” said Adesanya, “Player One” in his own personal video game called life, about his March excursion to the light heavyweight division, where he lost to reigning champ Jan Blachowicz. “Now I’m back in the main mission in the game. One of the former foes appeared again to try and take revenge, so I have to take care of him this weekend.”

Getting the opportunity to share the Octagon with Adesanya again has been Vettori’s primary focus since he landed on the business end of a split decision verdict on April 14, 2018, his desires increasing when the dangerous striker laid claim to the middleweight throne 18 months later.


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