Taking main event status in a short notice light heavyweight main event, one-time middleweight title challengers, Paulo ‘Borrachinha’ Costa, and Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori meet following a turbulent fight week that included two changes in weight to the headlining bout.
Originally, the pair were slated to headline in a middleweight matchup, until Costa confirmed on Wednesday that he would not be competing at the 186lbs middleweight limit, before offering Vettori a catchweight pairing instead.
Ultimately agreeing to meet at a 195lbs catchweight pairing, with Costa forfeiting 20% of his fight purse to the Trento native as a result.
However, prior to the weigh-ins of Friday, Costa and Vettori’s main event slot was changed to an official light heavyweight matchup, with the two tipping the scales beneath the limit on Friday morning at the UFC Apex facility.
The event will mark Costa’s first outing since September of last year at UFC 253, where he suffered a second round knockout loss to Israel Adesanya in his first title challenge under the promotion’s banner.
For Vettori, the Kings MMA mainstay headlined UFC 263 in June, dropping a second career loss to common-foe, Adesanya in the form of a unanimous decision.
UFC Vegas 41 Results: Costa vs. Vettori
Main Card: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori def. Paulo Costa via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)
Lightweight: Grant Dawson vs. Rick Glenn ends in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Bantamweight: Jessica-Rose Clark def. Joselyne Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Featherweight: Alex Caceres def. Seung Woo Choi via second round (3:31) submission (rear-naked choke)
Welterweight: Francisco Trinaldo def. Dwight Grant via split decision (29-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Light Heavyweight: Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ike Villanueva via first round (1:18) TKO (ground strikes)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 1 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Gregory Rodrigues def. Jun Yong Park via second round (3:13) KO (strikes)
Lightweight: Mason Jones def. David Onama via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Tabatha Ricci def. Maria de Oliveira Neta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Jamie Pickett def. Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Lightweight: Jai Herbert def. Khama Worthy via first round (2:48) TKO (strikes)
Flyweight: Jeff Molina def. Daniel da Silva via second round (0:46) TKO (ground strikes)
Strawweight: Randa Markos def. Livia Renata Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Jonathan Martinez def. Zviad Lazishvili via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)