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.

3 Great MMA Fights Coming in April!

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We are now in Spring and almost a quarter of the year is almost done. We think this is a prime time to look at the month ahead with some of the Killer fights that the UFC and Bellator has put together. MMA fans are in for a real treat with the fights these promotions have put together. Some are title fights with some of MMA’s biggest names, others are fights with MMA’s rising stars.

Khamzat Chimaev Vs. Gilbert Burns UFC 273

The first matchup we are excited about is a matchup between Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns. Chamiev has been taking the MMA world by storm. The Undefeated Russian born fighter has both striking and wrestling skills and has been compared to greats like Khabib Nurmogamedov and Jon Jones. Chimaev has been in camp working with fellow UFC fighter Darren Till. The duo have dubbed themselves, the “Smesh’ Brothers.”  Till will be in Chimaev’s corner at UFC 273

Chimaev will really be tested when he faces off against Gilbert Burns who is one of the best Welterweights in the world who’s grappling is through the roof. Burns has an impressive 20-4 record with a win in his last outing when he fought against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Burn’s only loss in the last four years was to current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. In the Grappling world Burns holds many achievements  including being an IBJJF World Champion both in the Gi and out of the Gi and an ADWPJJC World Cup Champion.  This is a fight I think fans will love to see.

A.J. McKee Vs. Patrício Pitbull 2

In his last outing A.J. Mckee won the Bellator Featherweight World Championship and won the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix and got a big check in the process. Mckee will be facing Patrício Pitbull the man he won the belt against in his next bout at Bellator 277. McKee has an impressive record in the Bellator cage at 18-0 and hopes to make this fight his first successful title defense Patrício Pitbull will be a tough first title defense for McKee. Pitbull is one of Bellator’s biggest stars. The Multiple time   Featherweight and Lightweight Title holder packs a powerful punch and holds an impressive 32-5 record.

Rob Font vs Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera

Massachusett’s Rob Font is coming off a loss to Jose Aldo in December of 2021 he hopes to get back into the win column when he faces off against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. Font is a Brown Belt in Brazillian Jiu jitsu and has been fighting MMA professionally since 2011. Before his loss to Aldo in December he was on a five fight win streak including wins over Sergio Pettis and Cody Garbrandt. Across the cage from him  will be another Grappling ace in Chito Vera. Vera is coming off back to back wins to Davey Grant and Frankie Edgar. Vera is a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt who’s first MMA fight was in the back of an automotive shop in a rusty cage. He has climbed far from that rusty cage to the top of the UFC Bantamweight division. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out. 

FIGHTER PROFILE: ROB FONT

UFC news: USADA clears Rob Font after investigation into cosmetics
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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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