Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera believes with an impressive finish later this month, he can secure a title shot.
Vera returns to action for the first time this year when he takes on the No.5 ranked bantamweight Rob Font in his first UFC main event. He is coming off a third-round knockout of former champion and UFC legend Frankie Edgar at UFC 269 last November.
Vera predicts a finish
The UFC veteran has been grinding for years and is finally getting close to a long-awaited bantamweight title shot. He believes if he pulls on an impressive knockout, he can leapfrog the line.
“I think if somebody makes something cool, something flashy, and I feel the way I’ve been coming in my last couple of wins, if I finish him the way I expecting to finish him, I’m going to get a title shot,” Vera told TMZ Sports.
And the fighter from Ecuador is very confident he will finish Font.
“I’m going to finish him 100%,” Vera said. “Don’t blink. I’m gonna finish you.”
‘My Time Is Coming’
Vera would obviously love to skip the line and get the title shot with a win over Font, but he is a realist and knows how the UFC works.
“I would love to,” Vera said. “I would see what the UFC say[s]. At the end of the day, it’s how things are, how you made it happen and the fans also get involved. I’m a guy who brings it and I’m a guy that has never been in a bad fight so I think my time is coming.”
With the bantamweight division finally having a true champion as a result of UFC 273, the division can start moving again. While it looks like T.J. Dillashaw is next in line for the Aljamain Sterling, MMA is such a wacky sport that no one really knows what is next. A flashy knockout from Vera could land him a title shot.
One rematch that he wants back is former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. He wants him in a five-round fight and promises to finish him if they meet down the line.
“I would f*cking fight Aldo tomorrow,” Vera said. “Just because of the way the fight went. Just because he declined to fight me five rounds. People don’t know that. December 19 we fought, they offered us a spot, on December 5. He declined it because he didn’t have enough time to cut weight. I guess he’s a fat f*ck, but it is what it is. If we fight again, I finish him too.”
“I took experience from it, but I just ran out of time. Props on him. He was able to hold me down in that position. It is what it is. I don’t put excuses, never. So, if we met him again, I’m stopping him.”
Vera vs. Font goes down on April 30 at the UFC Apex.