Marlon Vera

Chito

Ecuador

Destroys Dominick Cruz
BantamweightUFC
August 13, 2022
Vera defeated Dominick Cruz via KO (head kick) at 2:17 of Round 4 at UFC on ESPN 41 on Saturday in San Diego.
ANALYSIS
Unbelievable. Vera is an excellent fighter and has plenty of quality wins on his resume, but a vicious finish such as this one of a future first-ballot Hall of Famer like Cruz is going to force people to stand up and take notice. This wasn't a flawless performance from "Chito." He had real difficultly with the speed, footwork, and volume of Cruz in the early going. Vera's saving grace was his power. It seemed as if every single time he connected, Dom wobbled. Vera scored a knockdown in Round 1 and another in Round 4 before he kicked Cruz square in the face with a high kick which ended the fight in an instant. Vera dropped two of three in 2020, but he's won four straight since, including three in a row over Cruz, Rob Font and Frankie Edgar. The 29-year-old is closing in on a title shot at 135 pounds. In the meantime, he'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
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Taking on Cruz next
BantamweightUFC
June 5, 2022
Vera will fight Dominick Cruz at a bantamweight fight at a UFC event on August 13, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Vera holds a 2.5 inch reach advantage over Cruz, which will be very important for Vera to keep his distance. Vera typically fights on his feet, compared to Cruz, who will try and take Vera to the ground, averaging 2.88 takedown attempts per 15 minutes. Vera defends takedowns well, posting a 68% takedown defense rate in his career. Both fighters enter the bout coming off consecutive victories, Vera having won three in a row and Cruz having won two straight.
Takes war from Rob Font
BantamweightUFC
April 30, 2022
Vera defeated Rob Font via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC on ESPN 35 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It may very well go down as the most lucrative evening of Vera's long professional career. Not only did he pick up a huge victory in the main event of an ESPN card, but he also scored 20 percent of Font's purse after his opponent missed weight by 2.5 pounds Friday morning. On top of that, the bout earned Fight of the Night honors, which netted Vera $100,000 extra due to Font being ineligible for his $50,000 portion as a result of the weight miss. As for the fight, Vera ate plenty of volume from Font in the first couple rounds, but Font seemed to hit a wall late in Round 2, and Vera took full advantage. Marlon has never been known as much of a power puncher, but that didn't stop him from scoring a knockdown in three consecutive rounds in the middle of the bout. Referee Jason Herzog was extremely close to stopping it on multiple occasions, and the toughness of Font was the only reason the fight ended up going the distance. Font may have had a considerable edge in terms of volume, but there was zero doubt which man landed the more meaningful shots. "Chito" has won three straight dating back to June 2021 and is quickly approaching title-implicating bouts at 135 pounds.
Main event changed to catchweight
BantamweightUFC
April 29, 2022
Vera will now fight Rob Font at a catchweight at Saturday's UFC Fight Night after Font weighed in 2.5 pounds over the limit Friday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vera will take home 20 percent of Font's share of the purse as a result, but the main event will proceed as planned. Vera remains a slight underdog at around +110 in what figures to be a good fight to close out the night.
Facing Rob Font in main event
BantamweightUFC
March 9, 2022
Vera will fight Rob Font in a bantamweight bout that will headline UFC Fight Night on April 30, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vera defeated Frankie Edgar via KO (front kick) at UFC 268 in November and will re-enter the Octagon next month for a five-round battle. Font was riding a four-fight win streak prior to falling to Jose Aldo via unanimous decision in December.
Closes show against Frankie Edgar
BantamweightUFC
November 6, 2021
Vera defeated Frankie Edgar via KO (front kick) at 3:50 of Round 3 at UFC 268 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Vera started very slowly, and this fight was tied entering Round 3, so credit "Chito" for figuring it out and emerging with the victory. Vera found himself planted on his back for the vast majority of Round 1. He was in a similar situation early in Round 2, but worked his way back to his feet and began to take control of the bout on the feet. His used his length to limit Edgar's striking attempts and land combinations of his own. The fight was trending towards a Vera decision victory, but he wisely eliminated the judges from the equation with a front kick right up the gut which cracked an unsuspecting Edgar in the jaw and forced referee Todd Anderson to (correctly) immediately step in and halt the proceedings. Everyone is well aware a win over Frankie doesn't mean half as much as it did even a year ago at this time, but all Vera can do is fight the guys they put in front of him. The soon-to-be 29-year-old has won three of his past four dating back to August 2020. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for the highlight-reel finish.