Marlon Vera talks about his massive win against Frankie Edgar
Marlon Vera knocked out former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar with a front kick at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Vera sees the UFC 268 win as the biggest moment of his career.
Vera was already seeking a KO finish during the lead-up to the fight. He is known as a strong striker and he knew that he had his hands full against Edgar. The former lightweight champ is a formidable wrestler which Vera wanted to avoid during their fight at MSG.
The Ecuadorian said, ‘We talked about a lot going down the middle and don’t get too wild with him because he’s a wrestler, if you wind too much, you’re going to get taken down. And even then, I defended most of the takedowns, but he still took me down. He wrestled his whole life. So, we respected that, we stayed clean and threw combos with those kicks to try to put him out’.
The game plan was to keep stopping the takedowns and keep fighting on their feet. Vera’s plan work as he snuffed out most of the takedown attempts and he landed an insane front kick directly on Edgar’s chin to finish the bout.
With this win, Vera is now 8-2 in his last 10 fights in the Octagon. He will likely be in the top 10 of the UFC’s official rankings. Despite this big win, Vera is unsure of what the future holds for him. He has hope that he will have a big fight against a well-known opponent.
Vera deserves a shot at bigger names and while Edgar is a well-known commodity, the Ecuadorian wants other fighters who are firmly in the upper echelon of the top 10 bantamweights in the UFC.
The 28-year-old said, ‘I would love to fight (Jose) Aldo again just because he’s in the top five. Dominick Cruz is fighting Pedro Munhoz, but I think I’m already over them in the rankings after this win, so whatever comes I’ll be ready’.
It will be fun to see how this works out for Vera because he is one of the most promising fighters in the bantamweight division.
Words: Cholo Martin