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