Marvin Vettori Withdraws from UFC Fight Night 240 Main Event vs Brendan Allen

Tick tock, tick tock. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is on the clock. They’ve got a mere three weeks to find a top-10 middleweight. Otherwise, their upcoming show is in big trouble.

So, here’s the scoop. Fight Bananas dropped a bombshell on Thursday. Then, like dominos, multiple outlets confirmed it. Marvin Vettori, with a record of 19-7-1, is bowing out of UFC Fight Night 240 on April 4. Why, you ask? Well, that’s the million-dollar question because no one’s spilling the beans just yet.

Brendan Allen, Vettori’s would-be opponent, seemed to have seen it coming. He hinted at this on Instagram, throwing out names like Jared Cannonier, Robert Whittaker, and Israel Adesanya as potential stand-ins.

This is a first for “The Italian Dream.” Despite a history of fight cancellations, none were ever pinned on him before. Post-2021, after a tough loss to Adesanya, it’s been a rollercoaster for Vettori. Wins against Paulo Costa and Roman Dolidze were highlights, but he stumbled against Whittaker and Cannonier.

Allen, on the other hand, is itching to stay on the card. But finding a last-minute replacement? That’s a tall order. He’s been on a tear, though, with six consecutive wins. His specialty? The rear-naked choke, claiming five of those victories. He’s taken down notable fighters like Sam Alvey, Andre Muniz, and Paul Craig, proving he’s ready for the big leagues. With an 83% finish rate, Allen’s record is impressive, boasting eight finishes in 11 UFC fights.

Now, let’s talk about UFC Fight Night 240. Set for April 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, the main event is hanging by a thread. But there’s more to look forward to. The co-main event features Norma Dumont and Germaine de Randamie in a bantamweight showdown. Also on the card, Heili Alateng faces Victor Hugo Silva, and Alexander Hernandez takes on Damon Jackson. It’s shaping up to be an explosive night, assuming the UFC can solve its main event puzzle.

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