What’s next for Chito Vera after big win at UFC Vegas 53?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 53, we saw a pivotal matchup in the bantamweight division. Marlon “Chito” Vera (21-7-1) was looking for his third straight win as he took on Rob Font (19-6).

The last time Chito Vera was in the octagon, he was taking on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. After a slow start in the first couple of rounds, Vera was able to knockout Edgar with a big front kick.

This fight started out similar. Through the first couple of rounds, Font was able to get out ahead on the scorecards. Font was able to use his volume to rack up the points, but Vera was just biting his time.

Late in the second round, Vera was able to land some huge shots that hurt Font badly. From that point on, the fight was all about Chito Vera and his power advantage.

Font kept landing shots, but nothing like the shots that Chito was landing. Chito brutalized the face of Font and went on to pickup the huge decision win in the UFC Vegas 53 main event.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 53?

With his latest win, Chito Vera has moved up into the top five in the UFC’s bantamweight division. He’s now, only perhaps a win or two away from challenge for the bantamweight title.

So, with this win, who should be next for Vera? Well, there are a few options, but the fight I like the most is a fight with “The Sandman” Cory Sandhagen.

The last time we saw Sandhagen he was challenging for the interim bantamweight title against Petr Yan. Sandhagen came up short, but make no mistake about it, he’s one of the best in the promotion.

Speaking of the former UFC champion Petr Yan, this could be another fight for Vera. If Vera wants to prove how good he is, there’s no one better to face than the former champion. There are plenty of good options for the UFC, but these are the two I like the best for Chito Vera.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 53, what’s next for Rob Font?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 53, we saw a big time matchup in the bantamweight division. Marlon “Chito” Vera (21-7-1) was looking for the biggest win of his career as he took on Rob Font (19-6).

The last time either man lost in the UFC prior to Saturday, it was to Jose Aldo. Font looked really good against Aldo in spots late last year, but Aldo’s power was just too much for him.

In fact, Font outlanded Aldo, but was dropped multiple times and took the worse damage. That is something that actually played out in a big way at UFC Vegas 53.

Font started out really strong against Chito Vera using his jab and rangey strikes. However, late in the second round, Vera blasted Font and dropped him to the ground. From that point, the entire fight changed.

Font was still landing big shots throughout, but nothing that would get Chito Vera off of him. Throughout the main event rounds, Chito was landing shots that would hurt and seriously damage the face of Font.

When the scorecards were read, it was a unanimous decision win for Chito Vera. Font dropped his second straight in the UFC after having gone on a big winning streak.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 53?

As mentioned above, Rob Font was on a four-fight winning streak prior to his last two fights. Now, he’s lost back-to-back headliners against Jose Aldo and Chito Vera.

Despite the two straight losses, Font is still ranked seventh in the UFC’s welterweight division. With this latest loss, what should the promotion do with Font next?

There are a couple of really solid fights out there for Rob Font. First and foremost, he’s going to need to take some time off after the beating that he took at the hands of Chito Vera.

However, I think he’ll come back stronger than ever for his next one. In terms of next opponents, a fight with Pedro Munhoz or Frankie Edgar could be something to watch out for.

Another potential fight would be one with Sean O’Malley. I would love that fight, but not sure O’Malley would take that one for his next UFC bout. It’ll be interesting, but Font will still get a quality opponent in his next one.

UFC Vegas 53 Main Event Preview: Chito Vera – Rob Font

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 53, we will see a battle between two top ten bantamweights. Top contenders Marlon “Chito” Vera (20-7-1) and Rob Font (19-5) will battle it out as they both try to get themselves into the title picture at 135 pounds.

Chito Vera is looking for his third straight win tomorrow night. The last time we saw him was at UFC 268 in November when he took on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The fight was very close and Edgar might have been ahead on the scorecards.

However, Chito came on strong in the third round and won by knockout with a beautiful yet devastating front kick. Prior to that win, he had picked up a big decision win over Davey Grant which avenged a loss from earlier in his career.

While he enters on a winning streak, Rob Font will look to bounce back. The last time we saw Font was in December against former UFC champion Jose Aldo. Font entered that fight on a four-fight winning streak.

In reality, Font looked really good against Aldo. He actually out-landed the former champion in total strikes. However, Aldo’s big shots and power was simply too much and the big moments led to a lopsided decision win for Aldo.

UFC Vegas 53 Prediction

For the first time in his UFC career, Marlon Vera is going to be in a main event. To be honest, a five round fight is probably best for him considering how slow of a starter he typically is. We saw that in his last fight against Frankie Edgar.

Typically, Vera is very slow to start before picking up as the fight goes on. The slow start could really hurt him at UFC Vegas 53. Font normally is a fast starter and really has the crisp boxing skills to completely throw off Chito Vera.

Vera is very hittable despite being such a good striker. Early on in this fight, I think Font is going to pull away. With using his crisp boxing and controlling range, the first half of the fight is going to belong to Font.

That said, I’m a big fan of Chito Vera and he will make a push. In the middle rounds, look for him to mix in leg kicks with some potential takedown attempts. He will win rounds, but will it be enough at UFC Vegas 53?

I personally don’t think so. Really like Rob Font in this matchup with his volume striking and crisp boxing. I think he’ll do enough to bag at least three rounds and walk away with a decision victory over Chito Vera.

Prediction: Rob Font by Decision

UFC books headliner between Rob Font and Chito Vera

The UFC has finalized a banger of a bantamweight matchup to headline a Fight Night in April. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report earlier this morning that the promotion has closed a deal to have Rob Font (19-5) and Marlon “Chito” Vera (20-7-1).

The matchup will headline a UFC Fight Night on April 30th. In this fight, Rob Font is going to look to get back on the winning path. The last time we saw Font was back in December in a headliner against former featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Font was actually the betting favorite by many, but was dominated by Aldo. In the fight, Font had a really difficult time dealing with the power and explosive speed of the former champion. However, he did have his moments in there.

The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Font that had him in UFC title contention. This headlining event will give Font the chance to get right back in there and establish himself back in the title mix at 135.

UFC Headliner for Chito

Like Rob Font, the last time that Chito Vera lost was to Jose Aldo. However, he’s bounced back strong with two-straight wins since that loss to the former champion. The last time we saw Chito Vera was back at UFC 268 in November.

That night he took on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. After a shaky first round, Chito came on strong and ultimately landed a brutal front kick knockout that put the former champion out.

Going back to 2018, Chito Vera is now 8-2 in his last ten fights. However, the one loss was a loss to Song Yadong in a fight that many believed Chito had won. Had he won that fight, he would’ve been looking at nine out of ten.

While the win over Edgar was big, the signature win for Vera came at UFC 252 when he handed Sean O’Malley his first career loss. That win really put Chito Vera on the map and now he’s getting a UFC headliner against Font. Should he win this one, he’s going to be getting awfully close to the title picture.

What’s next for Chito Vera after his knockout win at UFC 268?

This past weekend at UFC 268, we saw a battle in the bantamweight division which featured the past and the future. Former lightweight champion and top contender Frankie Edgar (24-10-1) was taking on Marlon “Chito” Vera (20-7-1).

Edgar was looking to bounce back after his loss in a title eliminator to Cory Sandhagen while Chito Vera was looking for a signature win. Throughout Vera’s UFC career, he’s been known to be a very slow starter and that didn’t change at UFC 268.

In the first round, Edgar was able to take Vera down and controlled him for the majority of the round. However, in the second round, Vera really turned things around. Chito became increasingly aggressive on the feet and landed some big shots.

In the third round, both men had their moments early. However, momentum was really with Chito as he continuously stalked Edgar throughout. Then, Vera landed a massive front kick to the face that knocked out the former UFC lightweight champion and gave Chito his signature win.

What’s next after UFC 268?

The updated UFC rankings came out today and Chito Vera is just outside the top ten coming in at number eleven. Going back to UFC 227 in 2018, Vera is now 7-2 in his last nine fights. However, many believe that he won one of those two losses.

That was a loss against Song Yadong (17-5-1). With this win, Chito is in a really tough spot in regards to the rest of the division. Guys in front of him include Marlon Moraes, Dominick Cruz, Pedro Munhoz, and Cody Garbrandt.

Garbrandt is moving to 125, Moraes is on a big losing streak, and Cruz and Munhoz fight at UFC 269. In theory, whoever wins that fight would make sense right? Well, Munhoz is also contemplating a move to flyweight while Dominick Cruz will want someone ranked higher.

That leaves Chito in a bit of no mans land. So, who should the UFC pair him with? To me, there’s a couple of options. On one hand, I really like the idea of him rematching with Sean O’Malley (14-1). There’s serious beef there and a sense of uncertainty given the way the first fight ended.

Chito got the TKO win, but an O’Malley ankle injury played a big role. That would be a really good fight that fans would be very hyped for. O’Malley takes on Raulian Paiva at UFC 269. Another possibility is Song Yadong if he wins this weekend at UFC Vegas 42.

If Song wins, the rematch with Chito makes a ton of sense with the winner ready to take on someone in the top ten. Chito deserves a top ten opponent, but he’s a little stuck right now. Either way, expect a good and entertaining opponent for him next time out.

What’s next for Frankie Edgar after UFC 268 knockout loss?

Frankie Edgar

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 268, we saw a bantamweight showdown between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-10-1) and Marlon “Chito” Vera (20-7-1). This was a big fight for Edgar who had a home crowd advantage fighting at MSG.

The fight at UFC 268 started out really well for Edgar. Edgar was able to get a takedown in the first round and spent the majority of the round on top of Chito Vera. The second round saw Chito Vera really start to put together a little momentum.

Chito started landing some big shots and entering the third round, the fight was up for grabs. Vera was fighting with a ton of urgency and kept pushing forward with big shots on the former UFC champion. Edgar was having his moments too until he was caught.

Chito landed a massive front kick to the face that knocked Edgar out and sent him to the canvas. Vera celebrated as a MSG crowd fell a little quiet as they watched the Toms River native ask the referee what happened. The former UFC champion suffered his second consecutive brutal knockout loss.

What’s next after UFC 268?

After this latest loss at UFC 268, many are wondering what’s next for Frankie Edgar. On one hand, we are just one year removed from him winning a tremendous fight against Pedro Munhoz. On the other hand, he’s 40 years old and has been brutally knocked out twice in a row.

Do I think that Edgar is going to retire? No, and I don’t believe the UFC is going to say he needs to hang it up. Edgar was very competitive with Chito until that knockout in the third round. I can’t see him walking away after that loss.

However, the UFC is going to have to figure out an opponent that makes sense. For that, I would turn your attention to UFC 269 next month. On the prelims, Dominick Cruz (23-3) is taking on Pedro Munhoz (19-6).

Whoever loses that fight would be perfect for Frankie Edgar. If Cruz loses to Munhoz, the UFC could put together a matchup between the two legends that fight fans everywhere would love to see. If Munhoz loses, we can see a rematch after their first fight was razor close.

I don’t see Edgar hanging it up, but I also don’t see him making another run towards a title. For the fans of “The Answer”, you might want to enjoy his next fight because that one might just be his last.

Chito Vera knocks out Frankie Edgar at UFC 268

On the main card of UFC 268, we saw a fun showdown in the bantamweight division. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) was fighting in his backyard of Madison Square Garden as he took on Marlon “Chito” Vera (19-7-1).

For Edgar, this was his third appearance in the UFC‘s bantamweight division. The former lightweight champion spent his entire career fighting in weight classes where he was clearly the smaller man in the cage. Edgar entered this contest 1-1 in the bantamweight division.

This fight was a golden opportunity for Chito Vera. Vera was 7-2 in his last nine UFC appearances, granted one of those losses was an awful decision. His only true loss came last December when he lost to Jose Aldo.

Vera returned in June to defeat Davey Grant and looked sensational. Now, he’s taking on a former UFC champion with his eyes on the top ten of the bantamweight division. A win here would be huge for Chito.

UFC 268 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 268 bantamweight contest kicked off with immediate pressure from Vera but it’s Edgar who lands first with a nice right hand. Edgar’s movement looks really good in the opening seconds and he lands a couple of really nice left hooks.

Good combination from Edgar as Vera lands a leg kick. Chito plots forward but eats a clean right hand from Edgar. Nice leg kick from Edgar who continues to circle on the outside. Both step forward and trade in the center.

Vera lands a kick to the body but Edgar catches it and uses it to takedown Chito. Edgar postures up and lands a couple of really nice elbows. Vera trying to tie up the hands but he eats a few more really strong elbows from the former lightweight champion.

Chito starts landing some really nice elbows from the bottom but Edgar still getting the better of things here. Edgar’s top game looks great here in the opening frame. Another beautiful elbow lands for Edgar and then he stands up.

Chito lands a couple of really nice upkicks that forces Edgar back into the guard. Edgar goes right back to work on the elbows in the final seconds of the round. Great opening round for Edgar who is up 1-0 at UFC 268.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 268 and Chito needs to get some momentum back after the first round. Chito starts forward to start the second round and he looks much more aggressive here. Good low kick lands for Vera and Edgar counters.

Edgar steps forward but eats a big right hand from Chito Vera. A blitz from Edgar who lands a beautiful right hand over the top. Vera lands a nice knee to the body but Edgar catches it and lands a takedown.

Vera immediately starts throwing elbows from the bottom. Edgar settles into the guard as he begins looking for ground and pound openings. Nice shots from the former lightweight champion. Good right hand Edgar but Vera forces a scramble and they get back to the feet.

Vera is getting very aggressive and he’s throwing heat. Edgar is circling around the outside and Vera is just stalking him here. Huge knee up the middle lands for Chito and the momentum is shifting here.

Knee to the body for Chito and Edgar goes down briefly but he’s okay. Nice kick lands for Chito Vera who is really finding his groove here in the second round. Leg kick for Edgar but Vera is walking right through it.

Nice right hand lands for Edgar. Lead elbow lands for Chito and Edgar is hurt. The round comes to a close and it’s all even at UFC 268.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 268 and it’s anyone’s fight with the score one round a piece. Edgar starts the final round with a combination. Chito is working his kicks and Edgar lands another really nice combination over the top.

Vera tries for a big combination and just misses. Nice kick to the body lands for Chito and Edgar responds with a big combination. Side kick to the body lands for Chito. Edgar goes for a takedown but Vera defends well. Nice right hand lands for Chito Vera.

Big leg kick lands for Vera and Edgar lands a hook to the body. Edgar lands a nice lead left hook. Another nice combination from Edgar. Vera is stalking Edgar here but Edgar is doing a good job of scoring points.

Both step forward and land good shots but Chito’s appears to be throwing with more power. Edgar lands a nice straight left. Chito Vera lands a front kick up the middle and Edgar falls face first. This one is over and Chito Vera scores the knockout win.

Chito Vera def. Frankie Edgar by KO – Round 3

UFC 268 Preview: Frankie Edgar – Chito Vera

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 268, we will see a fun showdown in the bantamweight division. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) will be fighting in his backyard of Madison Square Garden as he takes on Marlon “Chito” Vera (19-7-1).

For Edgar, he will be making his third appearance in the UFC‘s bantamweight division. The former lightweight champion spent his entire career fighting in weight classes where he was clearly the smaller man in the cage.

However, when Edgar broke into the sport, there was no 145 or 135 in the UFC. Edgar rose to the top and became lightweight champion despite the lack of size. However, Edgar hasn’t touched UFC gold since 2012. He’s 1-1 in the bantamweight division and this fight could be do or die for his career.

While it might be desperation mode for Edgar, this is a golden opportunity for Chito Vera. Vera is 7-2 in his last nine UFC appearances, granted one of those losses was an awful decision. His only true loss came last December when he lost to Jose Aldo.

Vera returned in June to defeat Davey Grant and looked sensational. Now, he’s taking on a former UFC champion with his eyes on the top ten of the bantamweight division. A win here would be huge for Chito.

UFC 268 Prediction

This is really good matchmaking by the UFC. These two have styles that compliment each other and both really need this win for different reasons. Edgar needs to win to prove that he’s still got plenty left in the tank.

Meanwhile Chito Vera needs to win to prove he can compete with the elites of the division. For Vera, he’s definitely going to have the power advantage tomorrow night. If he’s going to win, I personally see him getting it done by stoppage.

For Edgar, I really like his ability to wrestle as well as his activity and speed. Those combining together give him a big advantage when it comes to scoring points and if we see a decision, I like Edgar’s ability to score throughout.

While I see a clear path for Chito Vera, I really like Frankie Edgar at UFC 268. I think the former lightweight champion still has plenty left in him and I like this matchup for him. Chito Vera is dangerous, but Edgar’s been in there which much more dangerous. I’m expecting a great performance from “The Answer” tomorrow night.

UFC pivots and books Frankie Edgar – Chito Vera

Frankie Edgar

The UFC has switched up their plans for a bantamweight contest that will go down in November. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported this afternoon that the promotion was booking at contest between Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) and Chito Vera (19-7-1).

The matchup will take place at UFC 268 on November 6th. Now, originally the promotion was planning on Edgar taking on Sean O’Malley on this card. However, The Suga Show turned down the date due to some conflicts in his schedule.

The UFC wanted to keep Edgar on the card with the card being planned for Madison Square Garden. Edgar, a New Jersey native, was also wanting to stay on the NYC card in November.

As a result, the UFC scrapped their plans for O’Malley and shifted to the one man who’s defeated him, Chito Vera. Vera is coming off of a bounce back win back in June when he defeated Davey Grant by decision.

That win came on the heels of Vera’s loss to former UFC champion Jose Aldo back in December. Now, Vera is getting right back in there with another legend and another former UFC champion.

Last UFC Stand for Edgar?

Frankie Edgar still has a lot of fight left in him. The former lightweight champion is now competing in his third weight class in the UFC as he’s trying to once again capture gold that has evaded him since 2012.

As mentioned, Edgar became a star when he became the UFC lightweight champion. That said, Edgar was always undersized for a lightweight. Eventually, Edgar moved to 145 pounds and tried to become a champion at featherweight.

Edgar had three cracks at the UFC featherweight title and came up short in each contest. For the final move of his career, Edgar decided to drop down to 135 pounds and compete as a bantamweight.

In reality, this is the best weight class for Edgar and who knows what his career would’ve been like if he would have been at 135 the entire time. He made his bantamweight debut last year and picked up a win over Pedro Munhoz.

Edgar lost in a UFC title eliminator earlier this year to Cory Sandhagen by first round knockout in 28 seconds. That said, Edgar is still ready to try again and he’s ready to take on Chito Vera.

After dominant win at UFC 264, what’s next for ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley?

Sean O'Malley

Kicking off the main card at UFC 264 was a showdown in the bantamweight division between newcomer Kris Moutinho (9-5) and “Suga” Sean O’Malley (14-1). First and foremost, I truly don’t believe there was a loser in this fight.

Yes, O’Malley completely dominated and put on a masterclass on Saturday night. However, Kris Moutinho showed insane heart and made good on his promise for the two of the to get Fight of The Night.

Moutinho took everything O’Malley threw at him and kept coming. Herb Dean made the unfortunate call to stop the fight in the third, but pretty much everyone believes that Moutinho should have been given the last 30 seconds to finish the fight.

Nevertheless, O’Malley shined at UFC 264. Moutinho was a replacement opponent, and O’Malley was taking a risk in fighting a relative unknown. His role was to completely dominate the fight and that’s what he did.

The Suga Show was on fall display. His striking was sensational, his counters were perfect, and as always, he was quite the showman. With the win, O’Malley advanced to 6-1 in the UFC with the lone loss coming against Chito Vera (17-7-1).

What’s next after UFC 264?

After the UFC 264 contest ended, O’Malley had a few names that he called out. He called out Dominick Cruz, Rob Font, Cody Garbrandt, and Petr Yan. In reality, I’m not sure any of those guys are going to be options for O’Malley.

Font is likely going to be in a title eliminator next which rules him out. Cody Garbrandt’s manager announced he’s moving to 125 pounds so he’s out. Petr Yan is fighting for the UFC title next so he’s out.

Dominick Cruz could be an option, but the former UFC champion is seeking someone higher in the rankings. In reality, I don’t think O’Malley will get anyone that he called out after the fight on Saturday night.

So, who should star in The Suga Show next? Well, Cody Garbrandt’s agent had a fantastic suggestion about another one of his clients. Ali Abdelaziz suggested that Sean O’Malley fights former UFC champion Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) next.

Personally, I love that fight for O’Malley. It would be a huge test and it would really show just where The Suga Show is at. Edgar just fought in a title eliminator against Cory Sandhagen and fell short. He’s ranked seventh and would be the perfect step up.

If not Edgar, I really wouldn’t mind seeing the rematch with Chito Vera. Vera is ranked 13th and there first fight did cast some doubt based on the way it ended. Why not have the two men run things back so we can all get some closure with that one.

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