Marlon Vera is an intense individual on a normal day. On fight day, that gets amped up considerably, and that was certainly the case last Saturday when he met Davey Grant in a rematch of a 2016 bout won by the Brit. For three rounds, Vera just had bad intentions with everything he did, and when Grant met him with the same intensity, it was a special fight. Ultimately, though, Vera kept getting stronger as the fight progressed, and when Grant tired, “Chito” took it to another level. A fun fight, a fun fighter to watch, and Vera looks like he’s ready to take that next step at 135 pounds.
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WHAT’S NEXT? Vera called for Dominick Cruz at the end of the Grant fight, and I like that fight for Vera. Fights with Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz wouldn’t be bad, either, both for the combatants and for us watching.