Marlon Vera made rounds on social media for the past couple of days, but for reasons, he would not have wanted. He was battered by Cory Sandhagen in the octagon at UFC San Antonio. However, he lost the match only to a split decision. Brushing past all the amazed remarks, Vera has already set his sights on the future, setting Petr Yan on the crosshair.
In the main event of UFC San Antonio, Cody Sandhagen dominated Marlon Vera. So much so that the UFC boss did not even bother to check the score, and went to the bathroom being sure about the results. He was baffled to find out later that Sandhagen barely won the fight. So were most of the MMA connoisseurs, as judge Joel Odeja left them stunned with a 48-47 scoreline in Vera’s favor.
Vera has come to terms with his loss against Cory Sandhagen
As it seems, ‘Chito’ drew inspiration from the score. However, he took the blame upon himself. Vera came into this fight riding high on a four-fight win streak. Which is why he felt more than ready for this bout.
In an interview with Michael Bisping after the fight, he let his heart out, mentioning that he was more ready than ever. He felt good even when he trained, even when he stepped foot in the octagon. Things, though, went haywire as he just could not get started once the fight commenced.
From this admission, Vera went spiraling into the self-reflection loop as he took to social media about how he felt about the loss. While he did not blame anybody or anything, Vera clarified that he did not take this loss lightly as he put in the hard yards. However, he was at peace with the loss since it felt like just another corner he came across in the way of life.
Next up, Marlon Vera Vs Petr Yan?
Which is why he felt ready to turn to the new corner. He had the intention to fight Petr Yan before. And later he took to Twitter to call out to Yan, “Yan it’s about time.”
Yan it’s about time..— C H🖕🏽T O🇪🇨V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) March 27, 2023
Yan, on the other hand, is on his own downward spiral. He just lost to Merab Dvalishvili, where he was absolutely taken to the cleaners. It is rare to see someone like Yan tossed around like that in the Octagon. But Dvalishvili put on a clinic and showed Yan his place. Following his disappointing loss, Yan suffered his fourth loss within the last five games.
Despite Yan’s miserable run, Vera could fight him to justify the rankings. Following his loss, Vera’s ranking may dip down to number five whereas Yan sits at number four. To climb up the ladder yet again, ‘Chito’ might like the shot he craved for quite some time.