UFC Fight Night Preview: Marlon Vera vs Jose Aldo

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Jose Aldo takes on Marlon Vera in a featured bout this weekend in what could be a front-runner for the Fight of the Night. Jose Aldo, the former champ, comes into this fight having lost three-straight, which sounds crazy to say. I do think he beat Marlon Moraes but MMA judges disagree, but those three fights are against top talents in the sport.

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Aldo lost to Alex Volkanovski (who just beat Holloway twice), Petr Yan (the new Undisputed Champion) and Marlon Moraes (who is very talented). I feel like context is always needed when backing a fighter who’s lost three-straight, and I think this is a great spot for Aldo who takes on Vera.

Marlon Vera is a very talented fighter and wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a future title challenger. He’s very talented and very entertaining; but he’s also a very slow-starting fighter, which won’t help against someone with the talent of Aldo. I view Aldo having a big Round 1 and a strong Round 2 and then Vera starting to come on in the 3rd but not getting enough strikes in, resulting in Aldo edging the scorecards. Vera is very durable having never been finished in his pro career and he also doesn’t have the power that Mcgregor/Holloway/Yan do and how they were able to finish Aldo.

I believe Aldo is still very strong and he’ll show it when he gets a victory via decision this weekend.


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