Marlon Vera


To fight Grant on June 19
April 19, 2021
Vera will take on Davey Grant at UFC Fight Night on June 19, reports.
This will be Vera's first matchup since serving a 180-day medical suspension due to a left wrist injury. Vera previously lost to Jose Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 19, 2020.
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Battling wrist injury
December 22, 2020
Vera suffered a left wrist injury during his loss to Jose Aldo on Saturday and was hit with a 180-day medical suspension, reports.
Vera requires an MRI of his left wrist as well as an X-ray of his left hand and wrist. If those all come back clean, he could return in less than 180 days, though he's required to miss at least 30.
Hangs tough in loss to Jose Aldo
December 19, 2020
Vera lost to Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vera was competitive for the better part of two rounds. He did a nice job of limiting Aldo's space in which to operate but ate far too many counter shots in return. Vera also did a nice job of peppering Aldo with leg strikes. He was in on a couple deep takedown attempts, but Aldo managed to squirm his way out. All things considered, Vera, a fighter known more for his mat exploits than standup skills, looked fairly strong on the feet against one of the best strikers in MMA history. Vera is an above-average fighter who is capable of competing against some of the company's better competitors, but there's nothing to really suggest he is on the same level as those guys.
Set to fight Aldo in December
November 19, 2020
Vera will fight Jose Aldo at UFC Fight Night 185 in Las Vegas on Dec. 19, Danny Segura of MMA Junkie reports.
It was reported last month that the two had verbally agreed to fight Nov. 21 at UFC 255, but after a formal agreement was never reached, they will now face off in December. Vera will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Yadong Song in his last fight.
Taking on Jose Aldo
October 20, 2020
Vera has verbally agreed to take on Jose Aldo at UFC 255 in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, Marcelo Russio of reports.
Vera's unanimous decision loss against Yadong Song in May ended a five-fight winning streak, but he bounced back to knock out Sean O'Malley in the first round in August. In Aldo, he'll face a veteran and former champion who's struggled quite a bit lately, losing three straight fights and six of his last nine.
Halts "Sugar Show" following injury
August 15, 2020
Vera defeated Sean O'Malley via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vera deserves full credit for taking advantage of the situation, but the truth of the matter is that he was getting beat before an injury to O'Malley completely altered the course of this fight. Vera wasn't being run out of the UFC Apex by "Sugar," but O'Malley was in firm control until he attempted to push forward with about two minutes left in Round 1 and suffered the injury. Unable to move properly on the feet, he invited Vera to the ground and the latter connected with a couple big elbows which caused referee Herb Dean to call the fight. Injuries are part of the sport, and Vera certainly did his job, but the vast majority of the MMA community won't be as excited about this "victory" as Vera appeared to be.