What’s Next For Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera?

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Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera and Massachusetts native Rob Font  Gave UFC fans an amazing performance on Saturday when they faced off against each other in the UFC Octagon. We think that there are some clear fights that make sense for Vera. One fight I think makes a lot of Sense is a bout with Cory Sandhagen. Another matchup that makes sense for Chito is with Russian Striking ace Petr Yan would also make sense as Yan. A matchup I think the fans would love to see would be a rematch between Vera and Jose Aldo. The Bantamweight Division is full of interesting matchups.

Sandhagen Is coming off a loss to Petr Yan for the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 267 which won him Fight of the Night honors. Sandhagen is a striker but also holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I think this matchup makes sense for Chito as he’d be able to bring it to the ground and hopefully get a submission as he is a grappler and 8 of his 19 mins have come from his submission game.

Petr Yan is a very good matchup for Vera. Yan looked very uncomfortable on the ground in his rematch Championship bout against current Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling. Chito holds the advantage in the grappling department, but on the feet Yan could make things interesting, all MMA fights start on the feet. Seven of Yans victories come by way of Knockout making this one of those striker vs. grappler matchups that the UFC loves to make, it’s one of the most entertaining fights I think makes sense. 

Two fights that I think fans would like to see, and matchups that Vera has called for. One is a rematch with former Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. The other is with former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Aldo is an interesting matchup for Vera as they both have already met in the Octagon so they know each other well. Both have amazing submission skills so this may actually stay on the feet. The matchup with Dominick Cruz actually makes more sense for Vera in my opinion, Vera has a huge advantage on the ground with years of grappling experience. 

It’ll be interesting to see what is next for Vera. We think he is climbing his way to the top of this stacked division.

Fighter Profile: Max Holloway

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Max Holloway is the greatest Featherweight fighter of all time.  He currently does not hold the belt in that division but many think he will hold it again at some point in the near future. Holloway puts on amazing performances inside the octagon and outside of the cage is a true role model who exemplifies the beauty of what being a martial artist is. And the Hawaii native is one of the best Warzone streamers in MMA.

Holloway was born on December 4, 1991 Honolulu, Hawaii  and was raised in Waianae. His mother and father were both drug users who suffered from addiction. His father, who was abusive and walked out Holloway and the rest of his family when he was 11 years old. This rough upbringing led to Holloway taking up Kickboxing which led to him competing in the sport winning his first bout after only three days competing. Holloway would then turn his focus to MMA at the age of 19.

Duke Saragosa was Holloway’s first professional fight  for the X-1 promotion in September of 2010. Holloway would win this bout by Unanimous Decision. Bryson Kamaka would be next for Holloway. He’d win this bout by Knockout. He’d then face Harris Sarmiento for the X-1 Lightweight Championship. He’d win the fight by Split Decision and thus winning the title. He’d then fight Eddie Rincon in the UIC promotion. This would be Holloway’s final fight with a smaller promotion.

Holloway would then make his way to the UFC. His first fight would be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. It would be Holloways first fight at featherweight and would also be the first loss of his career as Poirier slapped on the Triangle Armbar in the first round. Holloway would not be deterred by this fight and would win his next three fights before dropping two fights in a row to Dennis Bermudez and the notorious Conor McGregor. 

He’d then go on to go on an amazing 13 fight win streak and in the process would win the Featherweight interim title, a title unification bout with Jose Aldo and two successful title defenses. He’d then try to go up to Lightweight, but was unsuccessful with winning that title so he moved back down and made a title defense before losing the belt to Alexander Volkanovski who still has it to this day. He was supposed to face Volkanovski again, but had to pull out due to injury.

We hope Holloway wins the belt back soon as he is an amazing success story and has had a rough upbringing but rose above it to do something great.

FIGHTER PROFILE: ROB FONT

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Rob Font is the fourth ranked Bantamweight in the UFC and he will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday December fourth when he’ll face Featherweight G.O.A.T. Jose Aldo who has moved down to Bantamweight. Font, who’s been with the promotion since 2014 has been on a four fight win streak and he hopes to add another W to the win column when he faces off against Aldo on Saturday. The former CES Featherweight Champion will have his work cut out for him.

Font was born Robert Spencer Font on June 25, 1987 in Leominster, MA. Font is of Puerto Rican descent and is one of three children. Font was raised by his mother who was his biggest motivator Font started training MMA in 2009 to get in shape. From there he was having so much fun that he decided to compete in the sport. He started fighting amatuer bouts at this time. His first amateur fight was against Nate Oses at Cage Titans 3 – Mayhem. Unfortunately for Font it was a loss, but he had caught the bug and decided to keep fighting. He’d win his next three bouts and would finish his amateur fighting career 3-1.

Font would make his professional debut in December 2011 his fourth fight that year. His opponent would be Matt Tuthill and it would be for the Premier FC promotion. Font would win by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) Font’s next outing for the promotion wouldn’t be as successful as he’d lose to Desmond Green by Unanimous Decision. Font’s next fight would be against Thane Stimson, Font would win by KO (punch.) This would be Font’s first win by Knockout.

Font would go on to win his next four fights earning him a title shot in the CES MMA promotion. He’d win the title against Chris Foster by TKO (punches.) Font would defend that title one time, but would catch the attention of UFC brass who signed Font in 2014. Font would make his UFC debut at UFC 175 against George Roop. Font would win by KO (punches) this would be Font’s first fight at Bantamweight, where he remained for the next seven years. In those 7 years in the UFC Font has compiled wins against names like current Bellator Champion Sergio Pettis and former UFC Champion Cody Garbrandt.

We hope that Font is close to a title shot with a win on Saturday. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt will have his work cut out for him!

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Three Great MMA Fights Coming Up In December

A total knockout: Houston's Derrick Lewis has a chance to break a UFC  record in his hometown
Lewis celebrates after a win. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Before The New Year the UFC and Bellator have put together some great cards and on those cards there are some killer fights that are coming straight to you the fan. Whether it be fights from the UFC Apex or from Bellator’s pandemic setup in Mohegan Sun it’s been another odd year for fight fans, but things are sort of getting back to normal with awesome cards.  In this article we’ll cover fights that are non PPV cards.

Friday December 3: Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi

Former UFC fighter Sergio Pettis will be making his first Bantamweight title defense against Kyoji Horiguchi.  Pettis is on a four fight win streak winning every fight he’s participated in while signed to Bellator. Pettis has a 21-5 record and some of his losses have been to great fighters like Henry Cejudo and Rob Font and from those loses he built and came back better.  Horiguchi has an impressive 29-3 record and he will be making his promotional debut for Bellator on Friday. It should be an interesting match up.

Saturday December 4th: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Former Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has had quite the career, but since moving to Bantamweight Aldo has had a tough go of things winning two of his last four fights including losses to Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan. Rob Font’s stock is climbing winning his last four fights the Leominster, MA native is currently ranked fourth in the Bantamweight division. Font is an absolute killer with knock out power and submission expertise. Font is a Brown Belt in  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hopefully this will be enough to beat Aldo who is a Black Belt in BJJ.

Saturday December 18th: Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus

Derrick Lewis will be returning to the UFC Octagon on December 18th. Lewis is coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane for the Heavyweight Interim Title. Before his loss to Gane he was riding a four fight win streak. Lewis is currently ranked third in the Heavyweight division. Derrick Lewis is a fan favorite, and it’s awesome we get to see him fight for a final time in 2021. Chris Daukaus is riding a five fight win streak he made his promotional debut in 2020 at UFC 252. Since joining the promotion he has gone 4-0. Daukaus is currently a Philadelphia Police Officer when not fighting. He is also the older brother of fellow UFC fighter Kyle Daukaus.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: JOSE ALDO

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Jose Aldo was one of the UFC’s most dominant champions defending the Featherweight title seven times. Aldo makes his return to the UFC Octagon in December when he faces Rob Font live from the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas in a Bantamweight bout. Aldo hopes that with a win he will get closer to another title shot in that division. He hopes that he can string together another impressive win streak like his last one which was over a decade long.

Aldo was born in Manaus, Brazil on September 9, 1986. As an infant Aldo got his trademark scar when he was dropped on to a BBQ. It just makes the 5 foot 7 Aldo look that much tougher as it resembles a dueling scar. Aldo played soccer in his younger days and had aspirations of going pro. Aldo’s dream was supported by the most important person in his life, his father.  Aldo had a rough life as a youngster getting repeatedly beaten up in street fights. This led him to take up martial arts, first by starting to train capoeira. Aldo then started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Aldo eventually moved to Rio De Janeiro to train MMA. 

Aldo made his MMA debut at age 17 at  EcoFight 1 he won by KO (head kick.) From there Aldo would fight in various MMA promotions compiling a near perfect record of 10-1.  Aldo would then sign to World Extreme Cagefighting. He’d win his first five fights with the promotion which led him to fight for the World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight title where he’d knockout Mike Brown. He’d then defend his belt against Urijah Faber and Manvel Gamburyan.


World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the UFC in 2010. Aldo became the first UFC Featherweight Champion as the result of the merger. He’d defend the Featherweight title an impressive seven times. He’d lose his belt to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December of 2015 he later would win the interim Featherweight title. He’d lose that belt  to Max Holloway. He’d fight a few more times at Featherweight and in 2019 he moved to the Bantamweight division. His second fight at Bantamweight was against Petr Yan for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship he’d lose by TKO in round 5.

Aldo has won his last two fights and is currently ranked fifth in the Bantamweight division. He will make his return to the UFC Octagon against Rob Font on December fourth. Hopefully Aldo finds his way to the top of the division again as he’s a great fighter and a trailblazer in UFC and MMA history.

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