Marlon Vera thinks a lot is on the line in his up coming UFC bout.
The increasing UFC bantamweight thinks title contention is in the horizon, and if he beats Rob Font, he’ll immediately enter the top of the division. Vera (20-7-1 MMA, 12-6 UFC) and Font (19-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) are established to clash in the primary celebration of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 35 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Its Vera’s very first headlining bout less than the UFC banner.
“I feel a excellent earn on Saturday evening would place me on title contention,” Vera told reporters at the UFC on ESPN 35 media day on Wednesday. “Depending on how the cards are played at the best, it is both I can go straight for the belt or I have a further battle. But a win this Saturday puts me suitable there.”
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At this time, Vera is on a two-battle wining streak. He’s coming off a spotlight-reel knockout acquire more than previous campion Frankie Edgar this earlier November.
The Ecuadorian fighter is 8-2 in his previous 10 UFC outings. The only defeats arrived in 2020 in a controversial break up choice loss to Tune Yadong and a unanimous conclusion defeat to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
At 29, Vera thinks he’s in the greatest type of his occupation.
“I’ve obtained a lot of difficult opponents in front of me, a large amount of former champions,” Vera stated. “I feel like all that and combating at the major constantly will just make me a better fighter and make me a lot more dangerous for foreseeable future fights.
“I sense I’m at a great instant and a great mental area. Bodily, I do not believe I can train more difficult than I currently did. So I feel great, and Saturday evening will arrive and I will kick Rob’s ass.”