Taking main event status in a short-notice clash, surging middleweight contender, Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori headlines his second straight promotional event, as does short-notice replacement, Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland — who replaces former welterweight title challenger, Darren Till who suffered a broken collarbone last week.
Arriving off the back of a unanimous decision victory over former Cage Warriors welterweight titleholder, Jack Hermansson in December, Kings MMA staple, Vettori extended his undefeated streak to four-fights. With his most recnet loss coming in April 2018 in the form of a split decision defeat to current champion, Israel Adesanya, the Trento native has scored wins over Cezar Ferreira, Andrew Sanchez, Karl Roberson, and Hermansson since.
Making a record-tying twenty-one day turnaround, Holland will attempt to return to the winner’s enclosure following a unanimous decision shutout loss to middleweight staple, Derek Brunson just three weeks ago at UFC Vegas 22.
The defeat snapped a five-fight undefeated surge for the 28-year-old striker, following successes over Anthony Hernandez, Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart, Charlie Ontiveros, and a December knockout win over Jacare Souza.
In the co-headlining clash, streaking featherweights, Arnold Allen and Sodiq Yusuff in a bout which on paper, promises fireworks.
UFC Vegas 23 Results: Vettori vs. Holland
Main Card: (ABC/ESPN+ 3 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori def. Kevin Holland via unanimous decision (50-44 x3)
Featherweight: Arnold Allen def. Sodiq Yusuff via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Middleweight: Julian Marquez def. Sam Alvey via second round (2:07) submission (rear-naked choke)
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern def. Nina Nunes via first round (4:48) submission (armbar)
Welterweight: Daniel Rodriguez def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 30-26)
Preliminary Card: (ABC/ESPN+ 12 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Joe Solecki def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, and 30-27)
Lightweight: Matuesz Gamrot def. Scott Holtzman via second round (1:22) KO (punches)
Lightweight: John Makdessi def. Ignacio Bahamondes via split decision (28-29, 29-28, and 30-27)
Heavyweight: Jarjis Danho def. Yorgan de Castro via first round (3:02) KO (punch)
Bantamweight: Jack Shore def. Hunter Azure via split decision (30-27 x2, and 28-29)
Featherweight: Luis Saldana def. Jordan Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Light Heavyweight: Da Un Jung def. William Knight via unanimous decision (30-26 x2, and 30-27)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+)
Welterweight: Impa Kasanganay def. Sasha Palatnikov via second round (0:26) submission (rear-naked choke)