Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera picked up one of the biggest wins of his career at UFC Vegas 53, and he already has someone he wants to fight.
It wasn’t a great first round for Vera, but that was expected as he isn’t great at starting fights. At the end of the second round, Chito hurt Rob Font with a left hook, and then it seemed like the tide had turned. Chito was in the zone and would batter Font for the rest of the fight.
I feel good in there
During the post-fight press conference, he talked about his violent performance and why he didn’t go for the finish when he had his opponent hurt.
“I feel great. I feel good in there. I just think everything that I’ve worked for my whole life, today, was like a result of that. I feel very composed in there,” Vera said. In that 4th and 5th round I felt like nothing was even happening. I picked him apart, I hurt him, and I was close to putting him out a couple of times, but gotta be smart in there. Some people get too crazy when they hurt their opponent and then they gas out. You’ve got to be smart in the long run.”
Chito will probably crack the top five in the bantamweight rankings on Tuesday. In his octagon interview, he told Michael Bisping it didn’t matter who he fought, as long as it was No. 4, No. 3, or No. 2.
Chito wants his rematch
In the press conference, he had a name locked and loaded.
“I would love to fight [Jose] Aldo again, and especially in a five-rounder,” Vera said. “Just because he declined a five-rounder when we fought last December. I would love to kick his ass, and if we get to match again, I will finish again. I guarantee that.”
Chito has been calling for a rematch with Aldo since knocking out Frankie Edgar at UFC 269. He told TMZ earlier this month that he would fight Aldo tomorrow if given a chance.
“I would f*cking fight Aldo tomorrow. Just because of the way the fight went. Just because he declined to fight me five rounds,” Vera said.
Will the rematch happen? Probably not immediately, as Aldo is currently vying for a title shot against Aljamain Sterling. The rematch does make some sense; it is just getting the UFC on board.