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.

After UFC Vegas 29, will see see Dominick Cruz – Chito Vera?

Dominick Cruz

Over the weekend at UFC Vegas 29, we saw the rematch between Marlon “Chito” Vera (17-7-1) and Davey Grant (13-5). The two bantamweight contenders first met back in 2016 where Davey Grant was able to pick up the unanimous decision victory.

Despite having won the first fight and won three straight entering UFC Vegas 29, Davey Grant was the betting underdog on Saturday night. That was because Chito Vera has been really taking off over the last few years.

Since that loss to Davey Grant back in 2016, Vera had gone 9-4 in thirteen fights. At UFC 252, Vera got his highlight victory when he stopped the hype train of Suga Sean O’Malley by stopping him in the first round.

Back in December, Vera fought Jose Aldo and it was an incredibly competitive fight, however, Aldo got the victory. The rematch between Vera and Grant at UFC Vegas 29 didn’t disappoint as the two men took home Fight of The Night honors.

It was a back-and-forth battle on Saturday night. However, Chito Vera was just always one step ahead of Davey Grant. A few times it looked like Chito could get the finish, but Grant was all heart and fought to the final bell at UFC Vegas 29. Ultimately, all three judges gave the fight to Chito Vera.

UFC looking at Vera – Cruz?

So, where does former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) fit into all of this? Well, after the fight was over, Vera said that he would love to fight Dominick Cruz next. Cruz was on the broadcast calling the fights on Saturday night.

The former champion last fought back at UFC 259 when he defeated Casey Kenney by Split Decision. It was a big fight for Cruz who showed that he wasn’t done competing yet and he didn’t care about fighting up and coming contenders.

After Saturday’s win, Vera will still likely be on the back side of the top fifteen in the UFC’s rankings. Dominick Cruz is ranked inside the top ten, and my guess is that he will look for a top-tier opponent in his next fight. Chito Vera is great, but I think we will likely see him fighting someone else.

UFC books Chito Vera – Davey Grant 2

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun bantamweight matchup for June. MMA DNA was the first to report last night that the promotion was close to finalizing a matchup between Marlon “Chito” Vera (16-7-1) and Davey Grant (13-4).

The matchup will take place at UFC Fight Night on June 19th. This fight is actually a rematch from their first fight that happened in 2016. That was Davey Grant’s second fight in the UFC and it took place in his homeland of England.

That night, Davey Grant was able to pickup the decision win. Grant was introduced to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. He made the finale during his season back in 2013 but came up short.

He didn’t have his second octagon appearance for more than two years after that. After he defeated Chito Vera, he lost back-to-back fights. However, as of late, Davey Grant has looked better than ever.

Heading into this UFC Fight Night on June 19th, Grant will be riding a three-fight win streak. His last two performances have been sensational where he has knockout wins over Martin Day and Jonathan Martinez.

UFC Return for Chito

2020 was a very interesting year for Chito Vera in the UFC. Entering the year, he had won five fights in a row which had the bantamweight division on notice. Chito looked like he was well on his way to being a title contender.

He started his 2020 by taking on Song Yadong. Song won the decision, but many people believe that Chito won that fight. After that, Vera was tasked with taking on “Suga” Sean O’Malley at UFC 252.

Vera used his calf kicks to stop the hype of the Suga Show and get the biggest win of his UFC career. After that win, the promotion gave him the biggest fight of his career. Vera took on former UFC champion Jose Aldo in December.

Vera showed heart in that matchup but was ultimately outclassed by Aldo in two of the rounds. Chito is 1-2 in his last three, but he’s still one of the bright prospects in the UFC’s bantamweight division. This should be a great matchup and with the previous history, should be a fun buildup.

What’s next for Chito Vera after UFC Vegas 17?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of the evening at UFC Vegas 17, Chito Vera (16-7-1) got the biggest fight of his career. Vera got the opportunity to face former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (29-7).

Aldo was coming off of a loss in a title fight against the UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan. A win for Vera over Aldo would vault him into title contention. This was a big step up for him in competition.

Chito was coming off of a win over Sean O’Malley that took place at UFC 252. O’Malley was arguably the most hyped prospect in the UFC. However, Chito was able to use effective leg kicks to chop down the Suga Show.

There were a few things that worried me about Chito’s win over O’Malley leading up to UFC Vegas 17. In his win back in August, Chito was really biting on the feints of Sean O’Malley. Every time O’Malley would feint, Vera’s reaction was clear and obvious.

During the first round of their fight, O’Malley was getting the better of it before Vera’s leg kicks debilitated him. Going into a fight against a guy like Aldo, I thought Chito would have a lot of problems if he fought the same.

Unfortunately for Chito, he did in the first round. Aldo dominated the striking in the first round ripping to the body and kicking his legs. Chito did much better in the second round putting pressure on Aldo and stole the round with his pressure.

In the third round, Chito found himself taken down and had Aldo on his back for virtually the entire round. What resulted was a clear victory for the former UFC featherweight champion.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 17?

So the question becomes, what’s next for Chito Vera? I think this was a really good learning experience for Chito at UFC Vegas 17. He learned a lesson in the first and the third round.

In the first round, he was keeping his guard way too high which allowed Aldo to rip to the body and kick his legs. In the third round, his over aggressiveness got himself taken down and he couldn’t get Aldo off of his back.

Those two rounds will get Chito plenty of footage to go back and improve on. So what should the UFC do with Chito? I think a really good fight for Chito could by Cody Stamann (19-3-1).

Stamann is currently 13th in the UFC’s bantamweight division. He’s also coming off of a loss so the fight makes sense from a situation and rankings perspective.

The UFC could always run the fight back with Sean O’Malley. There’s a big portion of the MMA population that wasn’t satisfied with that win for Chito. Perhaps, Chito could put an exclamation point on another fight with the Suga Show.

Jose Aldo defeats Chito Vera at UFC Vegas 17

In the co-main event of the evening at UFC Vegas 17, we saw a big time matchup in the bantamweight division. Former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (28-7), took on Marlon “Chito” Vera (16-6-1).

Aldo entered the octagon on a three-fight losing streak. The former UFC champion was looking to turn his career around after hearing everyone tell him that he’s looked washed up. However, it’s worth noting that Aldo’s last fight was for the title.

If you look at all of his UFC losses over the past few years, it’s been against world champions. Fighting Jose Aldo was a massive opportunity for Chito Vera. Vera was coming off of a massive win against Sean O’Malley at UFC 250.

O’Malley was one of the most hyped fighters in the UFC. However, Chito Vera was able to derail the hype train when he finished him in the first round. A win over Aldo would vault Vera into title contention.

UFC Vegas 17 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 17 co-main event opened with a touch of the gloves. Chito opened the striking with a couple of front kicks. Chito also started working the low kicks as Aldo appeared to be just gauging his opponent.

Aldo opened his striking with a good overhand right that got Chito’s attention. 90 seconds in and Chito tried to get a takedown. However, Aldo did a fantastic job of defending the takedown.

Chito held Aldo against the fence and started working knees to thighs of the former UFC champion. Aldo was able to separate with two minutes left in the round. Once back at range, Aldo landed a nasty hook to the body.

He followed up with another that really looked like it hurt Chito. Chito tried to hide it, but Aldo was hurting his body. One minute left in the round and Aldo opened up with the leg kicks. A dominant end to the first round for the former champion.

Round 2

The second round opened with Chito trying to press forward. Aldo countered with a vicious combination to the body and the head. The UFC champion then went back to work with vicious leg kicks.

Chito kept trying to attack Aldo, but he was appearing a step behind Aldo. 90 seconds in and Aldo was backing Chito against the fence. Aldo then staggered Chito for a second with a couple of left hands.

After that landed, Chito pushed back forward trying to get some respect back. However, the former UFC champion continued to get the better of the exchanges. Aldo ripped a big combination to the body that caused Chito to clinch Aldo.

Chito tried to get a takedown, but again, Aldo’s takedown defense was fantastic. Chito landed a really good left hook and then again tried to take Aldo to the ground. Better second round for Chito, but again, this round goes to the former UFC champion.

Round 3

Chito went right back to the pressure to open the final round. Chito tried to engage the clinch, but Aldo did a good job of swinging to the back. Aldo was able to jump on the back of Vera and get him briefly to the ground.

However, Chito was doing a really good job of defending. Chito tried to shake Aldo off, but ended up getting taken down. Aldo then went to work with a body triangle from the back.

The former UFC champion started working for a rear naked choke, but Chito was defending well. Halfway through the round and the third was all Jose Aldo. 90 seconds left in the round and Chito got up to his feet.

However, Aldo was still locked onto the back of Chito. Chito tried to slam Aldo down, but Aldo kept that body triangle locked in. In the final minute Chito couldn’t get anything done. Dominant victory for the former UFC champion on my scorecard.

Jose Aldo def. Chito Vera by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Vegas 17 Preview: Jose Aldo – Marlon Vera

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 17, we have a banger of a matchup in the bantamweight division. Former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (28-7), will be taking on Marlon “Chito” Vera (16-6-1).

This is the biggest opportunity so far in the UFC for Chito Vera. Getting the opportunity to fight a former world champion and getting the chance to really break through. However, you could make the argument he did that in his last fight.

Coming into UFC Vegas 17, Vera is coming off of a big win against Sean O’Malley. Vera was able to cancel the Suga Show with a leg kick that deadened the leg of O’Malley and compromised him. Chito went on to finish O’Malley with ground and pound.

Since 2018, Chito Vera has really taken off in the UFC. He’s 6-1 in his last seven fights with the lone loss coming against Song Yadong. However, most people believe that Chito won that fight.

He’s going to have his hands full tomorrow with the former UFC featherweight champion. There are a lot of critics out there who claim that Jose Aldo might be washed up. However, when you look at the 34 year old’s record, you have to look at the losses.

Aldo is just 3-6 in his last nine fights in the UFC. His loss against Marlon Moraes was razor close and I actually had Aldo winning the fight. The other five losses were to Max Holloway (Twice), Conor McGregor, Alexander Volkanovski, and Petr Yan.

All four of those fighters are world champions. Make no mistake about it, Jose Aldo is still one of the best fighters in the bantamweight division. The former UFC champion still has a lot left in the tank.

UFC Vegas 17 Prediction

The UFC Vegas 17 co-main event is a good one. When it comes to the fight, I think it’s a very difficult stylistic matchup for Chito Vera. Vera has looked very good over the last couple of years, but this is a really tough one for him.

When Chito fought O’Malley, he was really struggling early on. O’Malley was landing clean leg kicks and Chito was biting on almost every feint. Vera went on to make the adjustments needed, but that fight wasn’t looking good until that perfect low kick landed.

Chito has a very good top game, however, I can’t see him getting Aldo to the ground. On the feet, I don’t think Chito will have the speed or power advantage over Aldo either. Thus, it’s hard for me to pick him to win this fight.

I think at UFC Vegas 17 we are going to see Jose Aldo really put on a good performance. I think if he’s aggressive and works the body of Chito, he’s going to be able to comfortably win this one tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jose Aldo by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Jose Aldo – Marlon “Chito” Vera (Reports)

According to multiple reports, UFC 255 is getting a really good bantamweight contest for it’s main card. First reported by Combate, Jose Aldo (28-7) will be returning after his loss to Petr Yan and he will be taking on the rising Marlon “Chito” Vera (16-6-1).

It’s crazy to think that given his lengthy history in the sport, the former UFC featherweight champion (Aldo) is still only 34 years old. There is still plenty of fight left in the former champion and he’s shown in his last couple of fights that he can still hang with the best.

His record shows that he’s 0-2 in the UFC‘s bantamweight division. However, many people believe that he won his first contest against Marlon Moraes. Following that loss, he actually got a title shot at UFC 251.

Aldo looked really good in the early rounds. However, Yan really started to settle in in the middle rounds before finishing Aldo in the fifth. Despite getting finished, Aldo to me showed that he’s still one of the best.

UFC Rise for Chito Vera

This is a massive opportunity for Chito Vera. The second straight big opportunity that the UFC has given Vera. We last saw Chito at UFC 252 when he took on the top prospect, Sean O’Malley. Vera got the biggest win of his career that night.

After getting hit with some clean leg kicks early, Vera was able to land a calf kick that seemingly caused O’Malley’s foot to go to sleep. O’Malley rolled his ankle a few times and Vera capitalized to get the TKO victory at UFC 252.

With that many eyes watching, Vera was able to deliver. Now, he will get a bigger opportunity against the former UFC champion. This will be a really good test for both of these fighters, and I can see a path to victory for both men. A tremendous bantamweight contest for the PPV main card.