Marlon Vera


Win streak rolls on
October 12, 2019
Vera defeated Andre Ewell via TKO (strikes) at 3:17 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
Vera's winning ways continue. The Colombian has now picked up five victories in a row and has not tasted defeat in more than a year and a half. His full offensive arsenal was on display in this one. He nearly had Ewell defeated in Round 1 with a deep arm-triangle, and the stoppage came in Round 3 following a couple big kicks and some vicious shots from the top. The winning effort was enough to earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Vera rarely gets talked about when mentioning the best 135-pounders on the roster, but he deserves to be in the conversation given his recent strong work. He needs a better opponent his next time out.
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Set to face Ewell on Oct. 12
September 4, 2019
Vera will face Andre Ewell in a UFC battle in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 12, reports.
Though not yet formally announced, the 135-pound matchup will reportedly be set on ESPN+ 19 for Oct. 12. Vera will be looking to extend his streak of five wins when he fights Ewell in Florida. Vera is coming off a victory over Nohelin Hernandez via submission in Round 2 at UFC 239 on July 6.
Runs win streak to four straight
July 6, 2019
Vera defeated Nohelin Hernandez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:25 of Round 2 at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vera handled his late-notice opponent change without issue. Realizing Hernandez's biggest strength is his striking, Vera did all he could to turn this into an ugly ground battle. He secured his only takedown attempt, and emerged victorious following multiple scrambles between the two men on the mat. A win over a debuting Hernandez means little for Vera in the grand scheme of things, but the 26-year-old continues to go about his business at 135 pounds. Vera has now won four in a row.
Gets new opponent for UFC 239
July 2, 2019
Vera (15-5-1) is slated to take on Nohelin Hernandez (10-2-0) in a bantamweight fight Saturday at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Nolan King of reports.
Vera was initially scheduled to face Sean O'Malley, who announced his removal from the event earlier this month after he tested positive for ostarine. After a two-week search, the UFC settled on Hernandez as a replacement, with the 25-year-old carrying a four-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. Vera has won his last three decisions, with his most recent victory coming over Frankie Saenz at UFC Nashville in March.
Searching for new oppoenent
June 22, 2019
Vera's UFC 239 opponent, Sean O'Malley, has been removed from the card for trace amounts of a banned substance found in a drug test, Dave Doyle of reports.
Vera will need to find a new opponent for the July 6 bout, as the 26-year-old bantamweight eyes a fourth consecutive finish in the Octagon. One will likely be announced in short order with the card just weeks away.
Pinned against O'Malley at UFC 239
April 26, 2019
Vera has been booked to take on Sean O'Malley at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Vera will enter the fight in July having won three consecutive bouts, and he is most recently coming off a victory over Franki Saenz via TKO (punches) in Round 1 of their fight at UFC Fight Night 148 last month. Now, he'll be facing a tall task this summer going up against one of the best bantamweight prospects in the world in O'Malley, who is coming off a one-year hiatus due to foot and hip surgery and a six-month suspension from the USADA.