Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori official for UFC 219

A welterweight clash between a pair of international athletes is now official for UFC 219.

UFC execs recently announced that Russia’s Omari Akhmedov (17-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Italy’s Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at the event, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but Akhmedov vs. Vettori is expected to take place on the night’s preliminary card.

Akhmedov enters the contest on a two-fight winning streak, most recently earning a split-decision win over Abdul Razak Alhassan at this past May’s UFC Fight Night 109 after previously picking up a unanimous decision over Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night 101.

Meanwhile, Vettori was last in action in June, scoring a decision win over Vitor Miranda. That result marked a rebound for “The Italian Dream,” who previously was handed a decision loss by Antonio Carlos Junior.

With the addition to the card, UFC 219 now includes:

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • John Lineker vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2537 with guests Cub Swanson, Karyn Bryant, Marvin Vettori

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of  with guests Cub Swanson, Karyn Bryant, Marvin Vettori, and Jason Buchamer.

Swanson reflected on his stellar career and discussed his upcoming bout vs. Brian Ortega on Dec. 9 at UFC Fight Night 123. FS1 anchor Bryant discussed the origins of the Tony Ferguson-Kevin Lee rivalry, when Ferguson worked as an analyst and interviewed Lee after his win over Michael Chiesa. Vettori was in-studio to discuss UFC 216, which includes two of his teammates, Fabricio Werdum and Beneil Dariush. Former MMAjunkie Radio intern Buchamer recapped “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” Episode 6.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or listen below.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Cub Swanson, Marvin Vettori, Karyn Bryant

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Cub Swanson, Marvin Vettori and Karyn Bryant.

Swanson headlines UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9 against Brian Ortega in Fresno, Calif. Vettori will co-host the episode in the studio in Las Vegas. He’s in town to support teammate Beneil Dariush, who opens Saturday’s UFC 216 main card on pay-per-view against Evan Dunham. And Bryant will be anchoring the FOX Sports desk this weekend for pre- and post-fight UFC 216 coverage.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Marvin Vettori bloodies Vitor Miranda, wins unanimous decision

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Marvin Vettori bloodied Vitor Miranda early and stymied him with takedowns when it mattered most.

For his efforts, Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was rewarded by the judges, who gave him the unanimous decision victory over Miranda (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) despite a slowdown in the final frame.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS2 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Vettori got busy early on in this fight, using his straight left to damage Miranda in some of the fight’s first exchanges, and putting Miranda on the defensive early.

That early lead was aided by some deft takedown work in the second, as Vettori dominated Miranda on the mat for a significant portion of the round, battering him in close with short strikes from the top.

Perhaps sensing the deficit on the scorecards, Miranda attempted to turn up the pressure in final round, just as Vettori seemed to be losing steam. But in the waning minutes of the fight, a key takedown from the clinch for Vettori halted that momentum, essentially sealing the win.

When the judges turned in their scorecards, all three saw it for Vettori, giving him the win with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.

The victory bounces Vettori back into the win column for the first time since a decision loss to Antonio Carlos Junior in December. Miranda has lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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