Marlon “Chito” Vera bloodied and bludgeoned Rob Font with multiple knockdowns over five rounds to win a unanimous decision in the UFC Vegas 53 main event.
While he had to battle through an awe-inspiring amount of output coming from Font throughout the fight, Vera continuously connected with his biggest strikes just before each round ended as he came close to several finishes.
Somehow, Font kept finding a way to survive but by the end of the night his face was bruised, swollen and bloody as Vera just dished out an ungodly amount of damage to get the win.
The judges scored the fight 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46 as Vera picked up his third victory in a row overall.
“It means the world,” Vera said about his win. “I feel like everything I dream in my life is happening. This is amazing. I’m living the dream. I’m going to be a world champion.”
Chito Vera dominates for 5 rounds in an instant classic at #UFCVegas53 👏 pic.twitter.com/MCYTXqWSGA
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 1, 2022
Marlon Vera def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 49-46)
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Joanderson Brito def. Andre Fili via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:41
Grant Dawson def. Jared Gordon via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:11
Darren Elkins def. Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Krzysztof Jotko def. Gerald Meerschaert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexandr Romanov def. Chase Sherman via submission (Americana) – Round 1, 2:11
Francisco Figueiredo def. Daniel da Silva via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:18
Gabe Green def. Yohan Lainesse via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:02
Natan Levy def. Mike Breeden via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Shanna Young def. Gina Mazany via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:11