Marlon Vera



Lands harder shots in victory
August 20, 2023
Vera defeated Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 292 on Saturday in Boston.
"Chito" was celebrating what he considered to be a statement win afterwards, but the bout was much closer than those 30-27 scorecards, as just five significant strikes separated the two fighters in the opening frames before Vera used his jab to take control in the final round. While an argument could be made that "Young Punisher" did enough work early to deserve the decision, Vera was the one landing the more consistent damage throughout the fight. The bantamweight division was turned on its head later in the night due to Sean 'O' Malley defeating Aljamain Sterling for the title. This puts Vera in a unique position as the only man to ever beat (and finish) "Suga" in professional MMA.
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Set to fight Munhoz
July 7, 2023
Vera will fight Pedro Munhoz in a bantamweight fight at a UFC event on August 19, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nlreports.
After Henry Cejudo dropped out of the fight against Vera, Pedro Munhoz will replace Cejudo and take on Vera. Vera stands two-inches taller than Munhoz will also sporting a five-inch reach advantage. The two fighters share a similar fighting style, both preferring their fights to stay upright rather than going to the ground. Vera is looking to back into the win column after losing his previous fight against Cory Sandhagen.
Bout with Cejudo off
June 29, 2023
Vera will no longer take on Henry Cejudo at UFC 292 on Aug. 19, as Cejudo revealed he has a shoulder injury that will keep him from fighting, Damon Martin of reports Thursday.
It's a tough break for Vera, who would've been looking to bounce back after he lost at the hands of Cory Sandhagen in March via split decision. Unless the UFC can find a replacement fighter to step in on short notice, Vera will have to wait longer for a chance to right the ship.
Set to face Cejudo
June 19, 2023
Vera will face Henry Cejudo in a bantamweight bout at UFC 292 on Aug. 19 in Boston, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Vera, who was taken down by Cory Sandhagen in March, will look to bounce back against Henry Cejudo. The 30-year-old fighter, who has won four of his last five fights, will face off against an equally streaking fighter in Cejudo this August.
No-shows main event loss
March 25, 2023
Vera lost to Cory Sandhagen via split decision (48-47, 45-50, 46-49) at UFC on ESPN 43 on Saturday in San Antonio.
In all seriousness, the 48-47 scorecard in favor of Vera is in the running for the worst of all time. All sorts of strange things seem to happen in events which take place in Texas, but this one might take the cake. Vera -- who entered having won four straight -- was dominated. He had all sorts of issues with the length and constant movement of Sandhagen. The only round in which "Chito" appeared to have even a sliver of success was the third. Other than that, he was chasing the fight the entire way. There was a clear gap in talent between the two that Vera didn't have a prayer of overcoming. Marlon's last five wins have all come against quality competition (Sean O'Malley, Davey Grant, Frankie Edgar, Rob Font, Dominick Cruz), but the O'Malley victory was the direct result of an injury Sean suffered, and Vera still has no history of defeating the very best the loaded bantamweight division has to offer. Marlon is still just 30 years old and clearly one of the better 135-pounders on the roster today, but it's probably a stretch to call him a legitimate contender despite his prior success.
Fight pushed back
February 2, 2023
Vera's bantamweight bout against Cory Sandhagen was moved to March 25 at UFC San Antonio, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
Vera's fight was originally slated as the headline fight at UFC Fight Night 219 on Feb. 18, though he'll now have around five more weeks to train. He has been in excellent form as of late, winning each of his last four bouts. Meanwhile, Sandhagen recently bounced back from multiple consecutive defeats by logging a TKO win over Yadong Song in September.