Marvin Vettori is back in the winner’s enclosure off the back of a instant classic five round back-and-forth with one-time title challenger, Paulo Costa — besting the Belo Horizonte native with a unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46) victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 41.

Headlining in a light heavyweight matchup against the #1 ranked contender, Vettori managed to signifcantly outland his opposition, particularly a floor higher, opting for combinations and a more frequent output over the majority of the 25-minute limit.

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For Costa, despite his questionable fight week prior to tonight’s headliner, the Brazilian turned in a hugely impressive and admirable performance over the course of five gruelling rounds — landing a multitude of bone shaking body kicks off a whipping right limit.

Costa was however deducted a point by referee, Jason Herzog despite his protests, having landed an inadvertant eye poke midway through the second round — putting even further onus on him to remove the judges from the equation against the Trento native.

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Unable to mitigate the constant pressure of Vettori, as well as uncanny durability, Costa suffered a unanimous decision defeat — falling to his second consecutive loss, while Kings MMA star, Vettori puts himself firmly back into title contention.

Off the back of the victory, Vettori still branded Costa a “c*nt” for the turbulent fight week endured as a result of Costa’ weight-cut fiasco, but admired the Brazilian’s powerful offense. In a tongue-in-cheek comment, the Italian claimed he would buy himself another watch after he had received 20% of Costa’s fight purse.

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Below, catch the highlights from an excellent main event tilt between Vettori and Costa.

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