Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC 202, an event built around the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Sure, there are other fights on the card, but I guarantee that the two billion pay-per-view buys this badboy is going to do is because of McGregor and Diaz.
Still, the other fighters stepping into the cage tonight deserve some love and respect, so let’s give it to them, eh?
First up, the Fight Pass prelim opener between Alberto Uda and Marvin Vettori – two guys so unknown and young buck that after their fight they’re going to have to buy tickets to get back into the arena for the rest of the show.
Vettori claims the center of the cage like a conquistador and starts firing off kicks and winging big punches. But when he clinches against the cage, Uda spins and takes him down. The UFC rookie (Vettori) still hasn’t shot his wad in terms of adrenaline, so he’s able to muscle his way into a reversal, and from within his foe’s guard he tries to pepper Uda with hammerfists. Despite getting cut with an elbow, Vettori’s beating gets increasingly effective – so much so that in the waning seconds of the round, he turns a sudden scramble into a trapped-arm guillotine that forces the jiu-jitsu black belt to tap.
Well, I guess the rookie has got skills.
Result: Marvin Vettori def. Alberto Uda via Submission (Guillotine) at 4:30, R1