Marvin Vettori (born September 20, 1993) is an Italian mixed martial artist. He is a former Venator Fighting Championship welterweight champion and he is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the Middleweight division. As of December 8, 2020, he is #5 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
Eldest of the three siblings, Vettori was born in Trento, Italy. He was into martial arts when he was young, and started training kickboxing as his first real martial art around the age of 13. He was inspired to train mixed martial arts after watching fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s fights at PRIDE on TV when he was sixteen.
When he started out training MMA in Italy, Vettori went to six different gyms to get all the skills and training he needed, as in Italy, at that time, the sport was still growing and a proper MMA gym was hard to find. He moved to London in 2012 for two years to train MMA and later moved to United States to train at Kings MMA.
Vettori trains six days per week and his typical training day would split into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. He starts out his training at 10am to train on his striking technique with his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, for an hour, follow by wrestling drills and cage work with the help of Mark Muñoz. The second session would be in the evening to work on either the conditioning or BJJ training which usually would end at 10 p.m.
Vettori also has a clothing line coming up called ‘Italian Dream Apparel’.