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Marlon “Chito” Vera halted the Sean O’Malley hype put collectively with a first-spherical TKO seize over the 25-year-worn in the co-main match at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
O’Malley started off solid ample with a bevy of leg and physique kicks early on. On the opposite hand, an apparent leg spoil for O’Malley gave the influence to be a turning point in the fight. Vera took benefit of a hobbled O’Malley and executed the bout with elbows from high location.
O’Malley’s spoil gave the influence to be non-contact as his ankle buckled whereas transferring in opposition to his opponent.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports activities confirmed that it used to be Sugar’s ankle that used to be injured in the fight:
Vera believes that a checked kick used to be what induced the spoil that in the slay ready the ground to victory for him.
The seize marks a in point of fact worthy seize of the 27-year-worn’s six-year bustle with the firm. On the total a midcard fighter, Vera took the opportunity to come to a decision on the highly hyped O’Malley in the co-main match of a major pay-per-gaze and vexed these looking ahead to one more flashy performance from O’Malley.
Whereas Vera has fought for the firm since 2014, he has struggled to plod. With a seize over somebody the UFC used to be clearly spending time and resources promoting, Vera believes or no longer it’s high time he gets set up in the rankings.
“Right here’s a fight that locations me end to the head 5. We now private viewed opponents bask in Cody Garbrandt, who’re coming off three defeats, beat somebody who’s regularly outside of the rankings bask in (Raphael) Assuncao, knocks him out, and gets in the head three above Pedro Munhoz, who knocked him out. So the rankings manufacture no sense. But since here is a recognition contest, I beat the brat, and they must position me in the head, so factual for me.”
O’Malley used to be surely one of many bigger storylines of 2020. He had a two-year layoff as a outcomes of injuries and a violation of the US Anti-Doping Company’s policies in which he examined certain for ostarine nevertheless came again to hotfoot off two highlight-reel knockouts in opposition to Jose Alberto Quinonez and Eddie Wineland.
It appears to be like he’s going to have to private spent beyond regular time specializing in the duty in entrance of him. Vera took benefit of a potentially distracted O’Malley and would possibly maybe maybe soundless stare some doorways beginning in the division.