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UFC Vegas 75 Preview



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Middleweight contenders Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier are set to clash in an eagerly anticipated UFC showdown this Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, UFC Vegas 75, promises to deliver thrilling fights, including a lightweight co-main event between Arman Tsarukyan and Joaquim Silva, as well as an undefeated clash between Christian Leroy Duncan and Armen Petrosyan in the middleweight division.

The main event will feature former middleweight title challengers Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier, both aiming to solidify their positions in the highly competitive 185-pound weight class. Vettori, at just 29 years old, boasts a 9-4-1 record inside the Octagon. In his most recent bout at UFC 286, he showcased his evolution as a fighter by defeating Roman Dolidze. Vettori has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for several years and continues to grow as he enters his thirties.

Cannonier, on the other hand, rebounded from his middleweight title challenge loss to Israel Adesanya with a split decision victory over Sean Strickland in the final UFC fight of 2022. Since moving to the division, Cannonier has been a force to be reckoned with, securing a second-round stoppage win over David Branch. He is determined to maintain his position among the top contenders.

Both Vettori and Cannonier are coming off losses to Adesanya and are eager to prove themselves worthy of another shot at the championship in the near future. With the division’s top contenders yet to establish a clear pecking order, a strong performance from either fighter in this bout would go a long way in solidifying their position among the elite.

A win over Vettori would not only establish Cannonier as a top contender but also position him for another title shot against Adesanya, who currently lacks a confirmed opponent for his upcoming defense. Cannonier believes that Vettori will have no choice but to engage in a striking battle with him, as any attempts to grapple would be to his detriment. Cannonier has proven to be difficult to take down in previous fights and feels confident in his growth in that aspect of his game. He even hints at the possibility of knocking out Vettori for the first time in his career.

In the co-main event, Arman Tsarukyan will face Joaquim Silva in a lightweight clash. Tsarukyan, often regarded as a nightmare matchup within the division, made his debut against Islam Makhachev, stepping into the role of a formidable opponent that few fighters are eager to face. His originally scheduled bout against Renato Moicano was canceled due to an injury, and now Tsarukyan looks to make a statement in his first fight of the year.

Silva, coming off a victory over Jesse Ronson, aims to build on his success and propel himself to new heights with a win over Tsarukyan. While some may consider this a dangerous for Tsarukyan, the 26-year-old lightweight has always taken all his fights seriously. Silva, a physical and powerful veteran, is expected to bring the fight to Tsarukyan, not backing down from the young phenom.

UFC Vegas 75 promises to be an event filled with high-stakes matchups and fighters striving to solidify their positions in their respective divisions. With Vettori and Cannonier headlining the card, fans can expect a thrilling encounter as both fighters look to prove their worth among the elite middleweights. Additionally, the co-main event between Tsarukyan and Silva is expected to deliver fireworks, with both fighters hungry for victory and eager to make a statement.

As fight night approaches, the anticipation grows for these highly skilled athletes to step into the Octagon and continue writing their legacies. The results of these matchups will undoubtedly have significant implications for the fighters’ careers. For Vettori and Cannonier, a win most certainly will put them right up there for contention for another crack at a title shot with Adesanya. A win for Tsarukyan will solidify him as a top contender, while Silva can add a win against a top-10 ranked opponent in Tsarukyan and shoot up to the top 15 ranking in the lightweight division.

When and where to watch: ESPN+, Saturday June 17th 9 PM EST.
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