Marlon Vera


Pinned against O'Malley at UFC 239
April 26, 2019
Vera has been booked to take on Sean O'Malley at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Vera will enter the fight in July having won three consecutive bouts, and he is most recently coming off a victory over Franki Saenz via TKO (punches) in Round 1 of their fight at UFC Fight Night 148 last month. Now, he'll be facing a tall task this summer going up against one of the best bantamweight prospects in the world in O'Malley, who is coming off a one-year hiatus due to foot and hip surgery and a six-month suspension from the USADA.
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Secures third consecutive finish
March 23, 2019
Vera defeated Frankie Saenz via TKO (punches) at 1:25 in Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
Vera has been known to give fights away by fighting at the pace of his opponents, and it looked like he might be falling victim to that again before a beautiful straight left-hand counter dropped Saenz as he was crashing the distance. A few unseemly shots to the back of the head that weren't called add a touch of controversy to the stoppage but it's clear that Vera is becoming a force to be reckoned with at bantamweight after a slow start to his UFC career. The 26-year-old, who has finished each of his last three opponents with strikes, improves to 13-5-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory
Withdraws from UFC 235
February 27, 2019
Vera has been scratched from UFC 235 due to illness, UFC announced Wednesday.
With the bout approaching quickly on March 2, the Ecuadorian fighter had to withdraw and won't be able to appear in Las Vegas. It's likely they'll be looking for a new fighter to replace him against Frankie Saenz, but it's unclear if that search will be successful in such a short time period.
Fighting at UFC 235
January 11, 2019
Vera will fight Thomas Almeida at UFC 235 on March 2, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Vera had a strong 2018, going undefeated against the likes of Wuliji Buren and Guido Cannetti. He'll now look to take advantage of a struggling Almeida, who's lost three of his last four.
Gets comeback finish Saturday
November 17, 2018
Vera defeated Guido Cannetti via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:31 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Canneti hurt Vera more than once in the first round with his pressure striking but Vera answered the call in the second frame, swarming his opponent and landing a huge knee in the clinch that led to the end of the fight. Vera has now put together back-to-back stoppages in The Octagon but his tendency to lay back and let his opponent set the pace is a troubling one. The 27-year-old has the tools to be a very good UFC fighter but he will continue to face an uphill battle as long as he puts himself behind early in fights. Vera moves to 12-5-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Next fight booked in Argentina
October 23, 2018
Vera will take on Guido Cannetti in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17, reports.
Vera recently bounced back from a two-fight skid with an impressive body shot KO over Wuliji Buren at UFC 227, which brought up his record to 11-5-1 as a professional. He'll hold height and reach advantages over Cannetti, a southpaw, and is also nearly 13 years younger. While the striking numbers seem to lean towards Vera (at least in terms of volume), Cannetti does boast slightly better takedown marks over a shorter sample size. Cannetti also has the intangible factor in play, fighting in front of his home town in Buenos Aires, Argentina.