Marlon Vera (fighter)

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Marlon Vera
BornMarlon Andres Vera Delgado
(1992-12-02) December 2, 1992 (age 27)
Chone, Ecuador
Other namesChito
ResidenceIrvine, California[1]
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
DivisionBantamweight, featherweight
Reach70 12 in (179 cm)
Fighting out ofIrvine, California
TeamTeam Oyama (2016–present)[1]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission8
By decision2
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Marlon Vera (born December 2, 1992) is an Ecuadorian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He first appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

A native of Chone, Ecuador, Vera began training as an amateur in 2011 and made his professional debut in February 2012. He compiled a record of 6–1–1, competing for regional promotions in Latin America before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in 2014.

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America[edit]

In May 2014, it was revealed that Vera was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, competing for Team Werdum.[5]

Over the course of the show, Vera first defeated Enrique Briones in the quarterfinals via knockout.[6] Subsequently, Vera was forced out of his semi-final bout with a skin infection and was replaced by Guido Cannetti.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Vera made his official debut against fellow castmate Marco Beltrán on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

For his next bout, Vera faced Roman Salazar on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[10] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[11] He also earned a Performance of the Night bonus.[12]

Vera faced Davey Grant on February 27, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84.[13] Vera lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Vera was expected to face Ning Guangyou on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[15] Subsequently, on August 9, 2016 it was revealed that Guangyou had tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol in relation to an out-of-competition drug test taken on May 19. Guangyou was cleared of wrongdoing after it was determined by USADA that he had possibly ingested tainted meat from China. As a result, he will not be punished in any way. The bout was rescheduled and expected to take place the following week at UFC on Fox 21.[16] In turn, the bout was postponed again due to alleged visa issues for Guangyou, which restricted the timing of his travel.[17] The pairing eventually took place at featherweight on November 27, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Vera was briefly tabbed as a short notice replacement to face Jimmie Rivera on January 15, 2017.[19] However, Rivera declined the fight and the pairing was scrapped.[20][21]

Vera was an injury replacement for Henry Briones to face Brad Pickett on March 18, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107. Due to the short notice and preparation for Vera, the bout was contested at a catchweight of 140 lbs.[22] He won the fight via TKO in the third round for which he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[23][24]

Vera faced Brian Kelleher on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[25] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[26]

Vera faced John Lineker on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Vera faced Douglas Silva de Andrade on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 125.[29] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Vera faced Wuliji Buren on August 8, 2018 at UFC 227.[31] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[32]

Vera faced Guido Cannetti on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[33] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[34]

Vera was expected to face Thomas Almeida on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235.[35] However Almeida pulled out of the fight on January 31, citing an injury,[36] and was replaced by Frankie Saenz.[37] In turn, Vera pulled out of the fight on February 27 due to illness and the bout was scrapped from the event.[38] The bout was rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 148.[39] Vera won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[40]

Vera was scheduled to face Sean O'Malley on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[41] However, O'Malley announced his withdraw from the bout on June 21, 2019 due a failed test for ostarine.[42] O'Malley was replaced by newcomer Nohelin Hernandez.[43] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[44]

Vera faced Andre Ewell on October 12, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 19.[45] He won the fight via technical knockout.[46] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award.[47]

Vera was scheduled to face Jimmie Rivera on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[48] However, Rivera pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing an injury. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Vera from the card.[49]

Vera was expected to face Eddie Wineland on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik.[50] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that the event was postponed to a future date.[51] Instead, Vera faced Song Yadong in a featherweight bout on May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris.[52] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[53] Both participants earned the Fight of the Night award.[54]

Vera is scheduled to face Sean O'Malley on August 15, 2020 at UFC 252.[55]

Personal life[edit]

Vera is married to María Paulina Escobar. They have two daughters, Ana Paula (b. 2011), Eliana (b. 2018), and a son, José Igancio (b. 2015). Ana Paula has a rare neurological condition Möbius syndrome, for which Vera created a GoFundMe account. In June 2018, Vera announced that they had raised sufficient donations for a surgery, which was planned to take place in California during the summer of 2018.[56]

Vera signed an advertisement deal with Pepsi through which his fans will see him on billboards all across his home country.[57]

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 15 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 0
By submission 7 0
By decision 3 6
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–6–1 Song Yadong Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris May 16, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Featherweight bout. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–5–1 Andre Ewell TKO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 3 3:17 Tampa, Florida, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–5–1 Nohelin Hernandez Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 2 3:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–5–1 Frankie Saenz TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis March 23, 2019 1 1:25 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 12–5–1 Guido Cannetti Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio November 17, 2018 2 1:31 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 11–5–1 Wuliji Buren TKO (punch to the body) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 2 4:53 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 10–5–1 Douglas Silva de Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Loss 10–4–1 John Lineker Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 10–3–1 Brian Kelleher Submission (armbar) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 1 2:18 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 9–3–1 Brad Pickett TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson March 18, 2017 3 3:50 London, England Catchweight (140 lb) bout. Performance of the Night.
Win 8–3–1 Ning Guangyou Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson November 27, 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia Featherweight bout.
Loss 7–3–1 Davey Grant Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping February 27, 2016 3 5:00 London, England
Win 7–2–1 Roman Salazar Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 2 2:15 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 6–2–1 Marco Beltrán Decision (unanimous) UFC 180 November 15, 2014 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 6–1–1 D'Juan Owens Submission (heel hook) Inka FC 24 October 23, 2013 1 1:54 Lima, Peru
Loss 5–1–1 Bruno Leandro Lobato Decision (unanimous) Inka FC 23 August 24, 2013 3 5:00 Lima, Peru
Draw 5–0–1 Fábio Bispo Draw Inka FC 22 June 29, 2013 3 5:00 Lima, Peru
Win 5–0 Luis Roberto Herrera Decision (unanimous) FMP 16 - Mexican Fighters Promotions 16 May 25, 2013 1 1:50 Chihuahua City, Mexico
Win 4–0 Joel Iglesias KO (elbows) 300 Sparta April 24, 2013 1 4:04 Lima, Peru
Win 3–0 Javier Umana Munoz Submission (triangle choke) Panama Fight League - Ultimate Combat Challenge 13 October 12, 2012 2 4:44 Panama City, Panama
Win 2–0 Cesar Moreno Decision (unanimous) Samurai FC 7 - Peace and War July 18, 2012 3 5:00 Quito, Ecuador
Win 1–0 Jack Guzman Submission (triangle choke) EMMA 2 - Extreme FC: Conflicto February 20, 2012 1 0:00 Santa Elena, Ecuador


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Stupp, Dann. "UFC Fight Night 73 winner Marlon Vera fighting to pay off his daughter's surgery". Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  4. ^ Johns, Craig. "UFC London: Davey Grant 'over the moon' with comeback win over Marlon Vera after injury-hell". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
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  6. ^ Danny Downes (2014-09-14). "Episode Five recap: The Ultimate Fighter Latin America". Retrieved 2014-09-14.
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  10. ^ Staff (2015-05-29). "Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera added to UFC Fight Night in Nashville". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
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  29. ^ Staff (2018-01-05). "Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera added to UFC-Belem". Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
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  51. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
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