Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is all set to fight #15 ranked bantamweight Marlon Vera on the main card of UFC Vegas 17 taking place this weekend at the UFC’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas.
Its an important fight for Marlon Vera, as a win over Jose Aldo could mean a huge bump up in rankings. Speaking to BJPenn, Marlon Vera explained the significance of this fight.
“I was confident they were going to stick to the fight. It is simple, this is a big test for me and it is an opportunity for him to get back into the win column,” Vera said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com. “He has not done that good lately but he is still a good fighter. He’s only lost to the top of the division, he lost to (Yan, Moraes, Volkanovski). If somebody thinks the guy is done, he might be done, but he is still very tough and is still there.”
Jose Aldo dangerous despite losing streak: Marlon Vera
Chito knows that Jose Aldo is dangerous despite his three-fight losing streak inside the Octagon.
“There are two fighters, there was the Aldo who was chopping down everyone’s leg with strong boxing. Then, there is the other Aldo who is just boxing and being explosive,” Vera explained. “I’m prepared for both versions. I’m willing to dig deep to win this fight. I won’t run away from the scrap from a bloody fight. If shit hit the fans, I will be enjoying it.”
“I am fighting the big dog and now it’s my time to let the division know I’m going to be a world champion,” Vera said. “Before I do that, I need to take Aldo out, I don’t plan on leaving it to the judges. I’m feeling good, very confident and I will go in there and do my thing. I will put this guy out.
“I see this fight being a hard first round. I’ll bring it and I see a finish by the end of the second or beginning of the third,” Vera concluded. “It’s a fight, you can have many plans, but once you are in there, everything will go sideways.”
Jose Aldo is coming off of a TKO loss to UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 251 earlier this year. Prior to that, he lost in his bantamweight debut to Marlon Moraes.
On the other hand, Marlon Vera is coming off of a first-round TKO win over Sean O’Malley at UFC 252 in August earlier this year.