But Vettori isn’t the type of guy to back down from a challenge.
“It didn’t take long for my mind to change. At the end of the day, someone challenges you and I’m not the kind of guy who hesitates. If he wants to do it, let’s do it,” Vettori said. “Because of the training we had together, I thought he would have been a bit smarter. But then again, training is not like fighting and I’m the first to say that.
“I’m going to silence him in so many ways that he won’t be able to speak. It’s going to be one of those fights where afterwards he’s like, ‘I didn’t feel like myself’ or ‘I was gone’. I think that’s proof of facing a superior fighter. I won’t let him get the best of himself.
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Vettori knows that Dolidze is a tough opponent and he doesn’t neglect him. He was impressed with Dolidze’s work, especially in the jiu jitsu department.
“He’s a sniper. I don’t underestimate him at all. He was getting re-enacted by Jack Hermansson but Hermansson got too cocky, in a way, especially with his best game. This guy has jiu jitsu for sure, and on his back for sure,” Vettori said. “If you think he’s like any other fighter on his back, you’re making a big mistake I think. If he gets a position where he wants to be, he fights like he’s fighting for his This is how you fight when you grab a position you like to be in.