Inside Fighting’s Andrew Capucetti caught up with Marlon Vera to talk about what’s next for the bantamweight finisher following his knockout victory over Dominick Cruz. Currently on a 4-fight win streak including knockouts of Cruz and Frankie Edgar, Chito believes he’s done enough to earn the title shot. However, he’s still open to the possibility of a rematch with Sean O’Malley.
“I can give him another fluke for sure,” stated a calm Chito Vera. “If the UFC call[s] me, if they want to do it. F**k it. I kick anyone’s ass.” Vera knocked out Sean O’Malley via ground-and-pound TKO back at UFC 252, the first and only loss of O’Malley’s career.
“[the fans] can say whatever they want,” Vera continued. “At the end of the day, I’m the one headed toward the right way…I’m the main event back and forth…I’m in a good spot.” Capucetti followed up with, “So O’Malley fans can eat a d**k is what you’re saying?”
“Sure. Him too,” Vera said with a grin.
The stars are aligning for Marlon Vera to become the UFC’s first Ecuadorian champion. Aljamain Sterling defends his belt against T.J. Dillashaw this October at UFC 280, with Petr Yan fighting Sean O’Malley on the same card. Jose Aldo, the last man to beat Vera, also takes on 6th ranked bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili this Saturday during UFC 278.
Whether it’s a title shot against the winner of Sterling-Dillashaw or a rematch with Aldo or O’Malley, it’s an exciting time for Marlon Vera. The 8-year UFC veteran is only 29 years old and is just now entering his prime, already owning the record for most finishes in bantamweight history (10) and 2nd all time in wins (12).
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