SCHAUMBURG, IL MAY 1, 2022
The UFC was happy to have one other incredible battle night time card for the a centesimal battle night time on ESPN. This text can be solely going over the primary occasion and for those who like content material like this, we’ll cowl the whole card on a podcast episode that may be discovered visually on YouTube and on most podcast streaming websites tomorrow morning.
Marlon “Chito” Vera
Don’t get me fallacious I completely love Chito, wager on Chito, and on my scorecard had him profitable the battle 49-46 with him solely dropping spherical one. What I didn’t like concerning the efficiency was how assured he was that he gained the battle in direction of the tip of spherical 4 and into spherical 5. Chito had Font in a tricky spot and Rob Font would have needed to end Chito to get the win however the issue was the guts of Font for Vera. The Boston-native is rarely was going to again down and whereas Vera appeared comparatively untouched on the finish of the battle against how Font appeared, at any given second, Font can end this battle. Font had Chito towards the cage to start out each spherical and with one shot it might have been lights out behind the jab of Rob. Regardless, Vera will get the victory and are available tomorrow ought to enter the highest 5 of the bantamweight rankings. Vera deserves a high 5 opponent and certain with a win, he could possibly be proper on the high for a championship battle alternative for the 29 12 months previous. With TJ Dillashaw probably getting a title shot until Henry Cejudo jumps forward and will get the prospect and already having fought Jose Aldo, I just like the probabilities of both a Vera vs. Sandhagen battle or Sandhagen vs. Yan. With a win over the previous bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, he probably will get the following title shot. With a win over Sandhagen, I feel the UFC would nonetheless want yet one more battle from Chito.
If Vegas is asking, I like the probabilities that Chito’s subsequent battle can be competing towards former champion, Petr Yan probably by the tip of summer time headlining one other battle night time card presumably exterior America.
I do know I backed up Font lots within the Vera recap however he isn’t off the hook both. Rob missed weight for the primary time in his profession coming into this battle which is able to increase loads of questions and put a mark in his file in my thoughts. After the primary eight minutes in there, his cardio was in severe query as he went from heavy pictures behind his jab to touchdown quite a lot of quantity with no actual injury by way of the final three rounds. Font has now misplaced his final two essential occasions on Combat Evening playing cards to Chito and Jose Aldo earlier this 12 months. No query he has among the finest chins in all the UFC however he’s getting older and time could also be operating out for him to have a title shot. I anticipate him to be faraway from the primary occasion highlight and get a 3 rounder towards a younger up-and-comer. The 2 names that come to thoughts could be Tune Yadong and Sean O’Malley. Sean is probably going going to battle at Worldwide Combat Week in Vegas which might be strategy to brief after the brutal injury he took over his final two fights. i’m not ruling out the chance that he takes a protracted break and is the following battle after Sean probably fights a low ranked fighter earlier than hopefully signing an enormous deal within the UFC presumably in December in Vegas. For Tune Yadong, this is able to be an amazing subsequent battle for the 24 12 months previous as he might wait till early fourth quarter of 2022. Three rounds nearly looks as if a requirement for Font after not with the ability to maintain up over his final two fights.
With Sean having a battle I’m simply ruling him out although I’m assured we’ll ultimately see that battle down the road. I factor Tune Yadong and Rob Font is the battle to make and I might even prefer to see it if the UFC has a PPV in Boston this fall.