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UFC Vegas 53: Marlon Vera picks apart Rob Font, picks up $100K

Marlon Vera responded to Rob Font’s early assault with an impressive performance down the stretch of UFC Vegas 53 at the UFC Apex.

Despite missing weight, Font (19-6-0) connected early and often in the first two rounds, piling up the points and over 200 significant strikes but most of that was in the first two minutes.

Vera (21-7-1) responded back with key and power strikes, a lot of which bloodied and bruised Font by the end of the fight.

The judges scored it 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46 for Vera. With his third consecutive win, Vera likely takes Font’s No. 5 spot in the rankings next week. Font has now lost two straight.

The action-packed main event also took Fight of the Night, with JoAnderson Brito and Francisco Figueiredo taking performances of the night. Because of Font’s weight miss, Vera collected $100,000, while Brito and Figueiredo collected $50,000 apiece.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

SHANNA YOUNG DEF. GINA MAZANY VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 3:11

NATAN LEVY DEF.  MIKE BREEDEN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

GABRIEL GREEN DEF. YOHAN LAINESSE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:02

FRANCISCO FIGUEIREDO DEF. DANIEL LACENDA VIA SUBMISSION (KNEEBAR) R1 1:18

ALEXANDER ROMANOV DEF. CHASE SHERMAN VIA SUBMISSION (AMERICANA) R1 2:11

MAIN CARD 

KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT 

WINNER: KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION GERALD MEERSCHAERT VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Jotko kept it standing and won.

DARREN ELKINS  VS. TRISTAN CONNELLY

WINNER: DARREN ELKINS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TRISTAN CONNELLY VIA UD

Andrews: I really thought Tristan was going to shake off the rust. Give credit to Elkin for a great performance.

JARED GORDON VS. GRANT DAWSON

 

WINNER: GRANT DAWSON VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 4:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GRANT DAWSON VIA UD

Andrews: Dawson gets it done in the nick of time.

ANDRE FILI VS. JOANDERSON BRITO

WINNER: JOANDERSON BRITO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE FILI VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! What a performance by Brito. Never seen Fili take out like that.

ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. JAKE COLLIER

WINNER: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA SD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA UD

Andrews: Arlovski skims by once again.

MAIN EVENT

#5 ROB FONT VS. #8 MARLON VERA

WINNER: MARLON VERA VIA UD (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARLON VERA VIA UD

Andrews: Font was good, but Vera got better as the fight went on.

The next UFC event is UFC 274 which takes place May 7 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Charles Oliveira defends the lightweight title against Justin Gaethje in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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