“These guys have a life outside. They have families to look after. They have other things going on. I don’t have anything else going on besides chasing this mother f**king title.”
That’s 27-year-old UFC rising star Marvin Vettori putting the entire middleweight division on notice … telling TMZ Sports his singular goal in life is to SMASH Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya — and get the championship belt.
We talked to Vettori fresh off his 5-round, unanimous decision win against #4 ranked 185 lb. fighter, Jack Hermansson Saturday night in Vegas.
The fight was INSAAANE!! Vettori — ranked 13th before the fight — and 32-year-old Hermansson set a record for significant strikes landed in a middleweight fight.
After the fight, Vettori initially called out Paulo Costa … but the Italian star obviously changed his mind, and has his sights set on even bigger fish.
“I wanna go after the title. And if anything, fight for the #1 contender spot. And if [Adesanya] goes away, fight for an Interim title. And I think the most legitimate guy out there, the #1 legitimate contender is Robert Whittaker.”
FYI, Vettori is referring to Izzy (temporarily) moving up a division to fight Light Heavyweight champ Jan Błachowicz next year.
If Marvin beats #1 ranked Whittaker, it’d set up a rematch with Adesanya. The men fought in April 2018 … and some people — including a judge from the fight — felt Vettori won the fight.
“I want to be the legitimate #1 contender for this f**king title,” Vettori says, continuing … “And then I want to be the one that dethrones that bulls**t ass champion called Israel Adesanya.”