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Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera bets on electric UFC performance, Henry Cejudo reacts

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UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Vera grabbed the biggest win of his career on Saturday night, defeating Rob Font via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46).

UFC’s main event on ESPN 35 was back and forth at times, but “Chito’s” powerful, multifaceted punch made all the difference. He injured the Bostonian’s feet multiple times and violently ended several rounds to end the fight.

With the win, Chito extended his winning streak to three and is 4-1 in his last five fights. His only loss of this recent stretch comes in a unanimous decision loss to former UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo.

Vera has a professional mixed martial arts record of 19-7 and has defeated 15 of his previous opponents.

Despite almost being out of contention by the end of rounds two and three, Font showed his heart and guts by holding out to the end of each frame. The loss to Chito is Font’s second in a row and his record fell to 19-6.

Responding to the fight, former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo tweeted: “What an insane pace for 25 minutes! Opportunistic Offense by Chito, historical edition by Font. What a war! way to represent the bantamweight!”

“Triple C” is planning his UFC comeback and his manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed that Cejudo will return to bantamweight. Cejudo Secured Abdelaziz’s comments on Twitter: “I’m coming back for those canned tomatoes and I’m going to right the wrong one! Aljolame you the number one contender B****.”

Sean Sheehan of Severe MMA tweeted: “Excellent assessment. Damage. wins. fights.”

The 100th Fight Night of the campaign took place on Saturday evening. All in all, fans at the UFC Apex Center watched as 11 fights were fought in the Octagon. The main map had six fights while there were five preliminary fights.

During the evening’s co-main event, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski continued his late-career run, defeating Jake Collier via a razor-sharp split decision. “The Pitbull” is now in a four-fight streak and is 6-1 in his most recent bouts.

Here are the results for the full UFC on the ESPN 35 fight map:

Bantamweight: Defeated Marlon Vera. Rob Font by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Jake Collier by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Defeated Joanderson Brito. Andre Fili via first round TKO
Lightweight: Defeated Grant Dawson. Jared Gordon via rear naked choke on the third lap
Featherweight: Darren Elkins defeated. Tristan Connelly by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko def. Gerald Meerschaert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Heavyweight: Defeated Alexander Romanov. Chase Sherman first round keylock
Flyweight: Francisco Figueiredo def. Daniel Lacerda on the first round kneebar
Welterweight: Gabriel Green def. Yohan Lainesse via second round TKO
Lightweight: Defeated Natan Levy. Mike Breeden by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Flyweight women: Shanna Young def. Gina Mazany via TKO in the second round

CONTINUE READING: “The GOAT Slayer” Julianna Pena is ready to take down UFC Champion Amanda Nunes

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