Marlon Andres Vera Delgado (born December 2, 1992) is an Ecuadorian mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Bantamweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Vera first appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. As of May 2, 2022, he is ranked #5 in the UFC bantamweight rankings. 
|Born||Marlon Andres Vera Delgado|
December 2, 1992
|Residence||Irvine, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||70+1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Irvine, California, United States|
|Team||Team Oyama (2016–2021) |
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Vera was born into a middle-class family in Chone, Ecuador. He has an older sister and brother. Causing ruckus and getting into street fights throughout his youth, Vera started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in his newly-adopted hometown of Guayaquil at the age of 16.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Vera began training as an amateur in 2011 and made his professional debut in February 2012. He compiled a record of 6–1–1, competing for regional promotions in Latin America before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in 2014.
The Ultimate Fighter: Latin AmericaEdit
Over the course of the show, Vera first defeated Henry Briones in the quarterfinals via knockout. Subsequently, Vera was forced out of his semi-final bout with a skin infection and was replaced by Guido Cannetti.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Vera was expected to face Ning Guangyou on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202. Subsequently, on August 9, 2016 it was revealed that Guangyou had tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol in relation to an out-of-competition drug test taken on May 19. Guangyou was cleared of wrongdoing after it was determined by USADA that he had possibly ingested tainted meat from China. As a result, he was not punished. The bout was rescheduled and expected to take place the following week at UFC on Fox 21. In turn, the bout was postponed again due to alleged visa issues for Guangyou, which restricted the timing of his travel. The pairing eventually took place at featherweight on November 27, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Vera was an injury replacement for Henry Briones to face Brad Pickett on March 18, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107. Due to the short notice and preparation for Vera, the bout was contested at a catchweight of 140 lbs. He won the fight via TKO in the third round for which he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Vera was expected to face Thomas Almeida on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235. However Almeida pulled out of the fight on January 31, citing an injury, and was replaced by Frankie Saenz. In turn, Vera pulled out of the fight on February 27 due to illness and the bout was scrapped from the event. The bout was rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 148. Vera won the fight via technical knockout in round one.
Vera was scheduled to face Sean O'Malley on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239. However, O'Malley announced his withdraw from the bout on June 21, 2019 due a failed test for ostarine. O'Malley was replaced by newcomer Nohelin Hernandez. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.
Vera was scheduled to face Jimmie Rivera on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247. However, Rivera pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing an injury. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Vera from the card.
Vera was expected to face Eddie Wineland on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik. However, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Vera faced Song Yadong in a featherweight bout on May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants earned the Fight of the Night award.
A rematch of Vera's 2016 bout with Davey Grant took place on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 25. Vera won the bout this time via unanimous decision. The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night award.
Vera faced Rob Font on April 30, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 35. At the weigh-ins, Font weighed in at 138.5 pounds, two and half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight with Font forfeiting 20% of his purse to Vera. Vera won the bout via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award and also Font's bonus due to his weight miss.
Vera is married to María Paulina Escobar. They have two daughters, Ana Paula (b. 2011), Eliana (b. 2018), and a son, José Ignacio (b. 2015). Ana Paula has a rare neurological condition Möbius syndrome, for which Vera created a GoFundMe account. In June 2018, Vera announced that they had raised sufficient donations for a surgery, which was planned to take place in California during the summer of 2018.
Vera signed an advertisement deal with Pepsi through which his fans will see him on billboards all across his home country.
Championships & accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||19 wins||7 losses|
|Win||19–7–1||Rob Font||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Vera||April 30, 2022||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (138.5 lb) bout; Font missed weight. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||18–7–1||Frankie Edgar||KO (front kick)||UFC 268||November 6, 2021||3||3:50||New York City, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||17–7–1||Davey Grant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige||June 19, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||16–7–1||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal||December 19, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–6–1||Sean O'Malley||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC 252||August 15, 2020||1||4:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–6–1||Song Yadong||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris||May 16, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||Featherweight bout. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–5–1||Andre Ewell||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson||October 12, 2019||3||3:17||Tampa, Florida, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–5–1||Nohelin Hernandez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 239||July 6, 2019||2||3:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–5–1||Frankie Saenz||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis||March 23, 2019||1||1:25||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||12–5–1||Guido Cannetti||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio||November 17, 2018||2||1:31||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||11–5–1||Wuliji Buren||TKO (body punch)||UFC 227||August 4, 2018||2||4:53||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||10–5–1||Douglas Silva de Andrade||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders||February 3, 2018||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Loss||10–4–1||John Lineker||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||October 28, 2017||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||10–3–1||Brian Kelleher||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||1||2:18||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||9–3–1||Brad Pickett||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson||March 18, 2017||3||3:50||London, England||Catchweight (140 lb) bout. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||8–3–1||Ning Guangyou||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||November 27, 2016||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia||Featherweight bout.|
|Loss||7–3–1||Davey Grant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping||February 27, 2016||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||7–2–1||Roman Salazar||Submission (triangle armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||2||2:15||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||6–2–1||Marco Beltrán||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 180||November 15, 2014||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||6–1–1||D'Juan Owens||Submission (heel hook)||Inka FC 24||October 23, 2013||1||1:54||Lima, Peru|
|Loss||5–1–1||Bruno Leandro Lobato||Decision (unanimous)||Inka FC 23||August 24, 2013||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Draw||5–0–1||Fábio Bispo||Draw||Inka FC 22||June 29, 2013||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||5–0||Luis Roberto Herrera||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FMP 16 - Mexican Fighters Promotions 16||May 25, 2013||1||1:50||Chihuahua City, Mexico|
|Win||4–0||Joel Iglesias||KO (elbows)||300 Sparta||April 24, 2013||1||4:04||Lima, Peru|
|Win||3–0||Javier Umana Munoz||Submission (triangle choke)||Panama Fight League - Ultimate Combat Challenge 13||October 12, 2012||2||4:44||Panama City, Panama|
|Win||2–0||Cesar Moreno||Decision (unanimous)||Samurai FC 7 - Peace and War||July 18, 2012||3||5:00||Quito, Ecuador|
|Win||1–0||Jack Guzman||Submission (triangle choke)||EMMA 2 - Extreme FC: Conflicto||February 20, 2012||1||N/A||Santa Elena, Ecuador|
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