Marvin Vettori needs a new opponent for UFC 275.
Tuesday night, Vettori (18-5-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) announced that Robert Whittaker (23-6 MMA, 14-4 UFC) is out of their June 11 matchup at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Looking for a replacement, Vettori proceeded to call out teammates Darren Till (18-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) and Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to step in.
“We’re back at this. I think I’m the only 185er that can say that has never pulled out of a fight but anyway smash boys I’ll get you back to back lets do it I’m willing to die just show up @KChimaev @darrentill2 @Mickmaynard2 @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite.”
Vettori and Till were scheduled to fight in the UFC on ABC 2 headliner last April, but Till withdrew due to a broken collarbone. Vettori faced Kevin Holland instead, defeating him to earn his first-career UFC title shot. Vettori ended up falling short to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya for a second time at UFC 263, but rebounded with a big win over ex-title challenger Paulo Costa in the UFC Fight Night 196 headliner this past October.
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Costa offered to step in to rematch Vettori, who fought him in a light heavyweight bout after Costa had issues making the middleweight mark.
“Vettori needs a pair to fight? Oh really? Lol how funny is it ? send me the location dumbest.”
Till is coming off back-to-back losses to Whittaker, and most recently Derek Brunson in the UFC Fight Night 191 headliner. Meanwhile, his newly minted teammate Chimaev emerged as a welterweight contender when he outlasted Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 in a “Fight of the Night” war.
The current UFC 275 lineup:
Champ Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka – for light heavyweight title
Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos – for women’s flyweight title
Marvin Vettori vs. TBA
Silvana Gomez Juarez vs. Na Liang
Brendan Allen vs. Jacob Malkoun
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Zhang Weili