Rob Font and Marlon Vera are pining to prove they have what it takes to take out the best bantamweights on the planet. Font and Vera will collide in the main event of UFC Fight Night on April 30 with the desire to make a serious impression on matchmakers at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Font (19-5) is on his comeback tour after being outperformed by Jose Aldo in December. Font had moments of success against the legendary featherweight champion, but it was a clear unanimous decision loss for Saturday’s headliner. It snapped a four-fight winning streak — the best of Font’s UFC tenure — against game opposition like former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and Marlon Moraes. The font has studied “Chito” closely ahead of their clash on Saturday, particularly Vera’s recent win over Frankie Edgar.
UFC Fight Night viewing information
Date: April 30 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas, Nevada
Stream: Watch Live
Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera: Font is the favourite heading into UFC Fight Night, but just barely. Oddsmakers have this fight close to a pick’em and that feels justified despite Font’s failure to make weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday. The font has some of the best boxing and ranged striking in the division, but his early knockout success in the UFC has not followed him up the ladder. Vera remains one of the most potent finishers among the bantamweight top 15 with the ability to kick, elbow, body shot and choke his way to victory.
Font fights long, but only has a one-inch reach advantage against the dangerous Vera. “Chito” arguably has the higher ceiling as his combination of skills could give everyone at bantamweight some serious problems. However, while Vera may have scored an ugly, picture-perfect knockout of Edgar at UFC 268, it came after losing Round 1 and most of Round 2 against a veteran that is well on the downslide. Expect Font to shore up the issues in his striking defence that empowered Aldo to land a big right hand. Font should be able to maintain the distance and pick away at Vera with boxing combinations for 25 minutes. Font via UD