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Marvin Vettori vs Kevin Holland – Middleweight Division
Marvin Vettori (-335)
Sodiq Yusuff vs Arnold Allen – Featherweight Division
Arnold Allen (+110)
Sam Alvey vs Julian Marquez – Middleweight Division
Julian Marquez (-177)
Nina Ansaroff vs Mackenzie Dern – Women’s Strawweight Division
Nina Ansaroff (-112)
Mike Perry vs Daniel Rodriguez – Welterweight Division
Mike Perry (+150)
|UFC on ABC: Vettori vs Holland|
|What||UFC on ABC: Vettori vs Holland|
|Where||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|When||Saturday, April 10, 3 PM EST|
|How to watch||ABC, TSN5,Watch on ESPN+ here!|
|Marvin Vettori||TALE OF THE TAPE||Kevin Holland|
|6 ft.||Height||6 ft. 3 in.|
|74 in.||Reach||81 in.|
Italian star Marvin Vettori has not lost a fight since his split-decision loss to the now middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Some people (including Vettori himself) would go as far as to say that he did enough to earn the win, but the judges marked it in favor of Adesanya that night in 2018.
Since that loss, Vettori has gone on to win four straight. He earned back-to-back unanimous decisions over Cezar Ferriera and Andrew Sanchez. He followed those performances with a submission win over Karl Roberson last Summer, earning him a performance of the night bonus. His most recent bout came against Jack Hermansson, who was riding a winning streak of his own, last December. In what was deemed the fight of the night, Vettori was awarded the unanimous decision victory.
Born in Italy, Vettori trains with both the Stabile Fight Teams as well as with Kings MMA. Fighting since 2011, he works with coaches Romulo Barral, Rafel Cordeiro, and Corey Beasley. He also holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Filippo Stabile. Still, only 27-years-old, Vettori currently ranks as the sixth-best middleweight in the ever-growing middleweight division.
In 2020, Kevin Holland tied the record for most fights in one calendar year with five. Not only did he fight five times, but he also won all fights, including a first-round knockout at UFC 256 over middleweight legend “Jacare” Souza.
However, his 2021 year hasn’t started in the same fashion. Holland has his first fight of the year just two weeks ago on March 20. He took on Derek Brunson and was ultimately nominated for five rounds by Brunson’s wrestling skills.
When Darren Till was forced to pull out due to suffering a broken collarbone, Holland saw it as an opportunity to get things back on track. But we’re not so sure – as Marvin Vettori is a tough customer and always game to fight. Despite Holland’s physical advantages in height and reach, the quick turnaround is unlikely to work in his favor.
Holland has been fighting since 2015 and currently trains with the Phalanx MMA Academy. He holds a second-degree black belt in kung fu and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Travis Lutter. After his last fight, Holland still sits as the number-10 ranked middleweight in the UFC promotion.
|Sodiq Yusuff||TALE OF THE TAPE||Arnold Allen|
|5 ft. 9 in.||Height||5 ft. 8 in.|
|71 in.||Reach||70 in.|
Sodiq Yusuff only has one loss on his professional career and it came prior to signing with the UFC. Yusuff first got noticed by UFC fans after appearing on the Contender Series in 2018. Since then, Yusuff has won all four of his UFC fights – two by decision and two by TKO. His most recent bout came against Andre Fili last January at UFC 246. Yusuff was awarded the unanimous decision victory.
Born in Nigeria, Yusuff trains out of Maryland with Team Lloyd Irvin. He will have a one-inch advantage in both heights and reach coming into Saturday night’s contest. He sits just outside the top-10 of the featherweight division at number-eleven.
Like his opponent, Arnold Allen has only one professional loss on his record and it came prior to his time in the UFC. Allen signed with the UFC in 2015 and has yet to lose in the octagon, raking up seven straight wins for the promotion. His most recent fight occurred last January where he defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he had also beaten arguably the best lightweight in Bellator history Gilbert Melendez.
Born in England, Allen splits his time training in his home country with BKK Fighters as well as in Canada with the Tristar Gym. An undefeated 3-0 kickboxer, Allen also holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is the number-10 ranked featherweight in the UFC.
This is an exciting matchup as one of these men is all but guaranteed to suffer their first loss under the UFC banner.
|Sam Alvey||TALE OF THE TAPE||Julian Marquez|
|6 ft. 2 in.||Height||6 ft. 2 in.|
|75.5 in.||Reach||72 in.|
|33-14-1, 1 no-contest||Record||8-2|
A mainstay of the UFC since 2014, Sam Alvey has been going through quite a rough stretch in his career as of late. Alvey made the move to light heavyweight in 2018 and looked good after winning two in a row. But Alvey would go on to drop his next four fights straight and most recently fought to a majority draw against Da Un Jung last October. Saturday night will mark Sam Alvey’s return to the middleweight division.
The southpaw fighter has been fighting since 2007 and currently trains out of California with Team Quest as well as with Dan Henderson’s Fitness Center. The 34-year-old holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Joe Stevenson. He does hold a notable win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. He is currently unranked by the UFC.
A relative newcomer to the UFC, Julian Marquez was actually a last-minute replacement for Zak Cummings, who was forced to pull out of this fight. Marquez has fought three times for the promotion, going 2-1. His last fight took place last February against Maki Pitolo, whom Marquez submitted with an anaconda choke in the final minute of the fight, earning him a performance of the night bonus.
Born in Missouri, Julian Marquez has spent his whole career thus far at middleweight, which could be a big advantage. However, he does give up 3.5-inches to Sam Alvey in the reach department. Fighting since 2014, Marquez trains with Glory MMA and holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
|Nina Ansaroff||TALE OF THE TAPE||Mackenzie Dern|
|5 ft. 5 in.||Height||5 ft. 4 in.|
|64 in.||Reach||63 in.|
After debuting for the UFC in 2014 and losing her first two fights in a row, Nina Ansaroff bounced back to see herself go on a four-fight winning streak that included wins over the likes of Angela Hill, Randa Markos, and Claudia Gadelha. However, she came up short in her most recent bout again rising star Tatiana Suarez, who defeated Ansaroff via unanimous decision in 2019. She hasn’t fought since as she gave birth to her first child alongside her wife, double-champion Amanda Nunes.
The 35-year-old American has been fighting since 2008 and currently trains with her wife at American Top Team in Florida. She holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo as well as a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is the number-five women’s strawweight in the UFC and is ranked as the 12th-best pound-for-pound women’s fighter in the promotion.
One of the most decorated grapplers to ever sign with the UFc, Mackenzie Dern has just one professional loss on her record, which came in the form of a unanimous decision loss to Amanda Ribas in 2019. Since that loss, Dern has won three straight, including two submission wins over Hannah Cifers and Randa Markos. Her most recent fight took place last December against Virna Jandiroba, whom she defeated via unanimous decision.
Dern will be giving up one inch of height and reach in this contest, but her grappling experience works in her favor, as she has four gold medals in world jiu-jitsu championships. She trains with coach Jason Parillo and the RVCA team. She has been fighting in mixed martial arts since 2016 and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Wellington Dias. She is the number-11 ranked women’s strawweight fighter.
|Mike Perry||TALE OF THE TAPE||Daniel Rodriguez|
|5 ft. 10 in.||Height||6 ft.|
|71 in.||Reach||74 in.|
The word ‘tumultuous barely describes Mike Perry’s UFC career. His antics outside of the octagon aside, Perry has gone 7-7 while under the UFC banner – none of it without controversy. After back-to-back losses in 2019, Perry bounced back with a win over Mickey Gall last June. But, in his most recent bout, Perry lost to Tim Means via unanimous decision last November at UFC 255 – and he missed weight by a significant margin for the fight.
Mike Perry has gained infamy lately for not training with any specific team and for having his girlfriend as the only member of his corner during fights. He has said he has been training with MMA Masters as of this year. He has been fighting since 2014 and holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Paul Rodriguez and Julien Williams. He is currently unranked in the division.
Daniel Rodriguez joined the UFC last year as a 10-1 fighter and won his first three fights for the promotion over Tim Means, Gabriel Green, and Dwight Grant. However, he suffered his first UFC loss in his most recent bout – a unanimous decision loss to Nicolas Dalby at UFC 255 last November. It was just the second loss of his career.
The southpaw fighter has been fighting since 2015 and currently trains with the BMF Ranch team. He is five years older than Perry but has both a two-inch height advantage and a three-inch reach advantage heading into Saturday night. He also has a unanimous decision to win on the Dana White Contender Series.
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