Marlon “Chito” Vera derailed Sean O’Malley’s train into the UFC sky. The stoic Ecuadorian scored the most important victory of his career in one of the most remembered cards of the Mixed Martial Arts circuit and should have its just reward.
Just as many were jumping into O’Malley’s wagons, Vera reminded them all – on a historic evening like Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic- that the UFC has made several mistakes with young people who have been rushed too much or given the keys to the kingdom without deserving it. Remember Edmen Shahbazyan?
O’Malley, with his half-gypsy style and casual talk, was dazzling half the world. Successful in business – he even took out a clothing line – the “Suga” just needed a hit on a figure of respect like Vera to put his foot on the gas and let the UFC machine do the rest.
But two elements combined to send this locomotive off the track at UFC 252: a right leg injury that limited O’Malley’s movements and the South American’s warrior heart, who gave his rival no chance for resistance when saw him compromised.
“He doesn’t have the dog that I have inside,” Vera said at the end of the fight by knockout in the first round to recover from a controversial loss in his previous presentation. “I will repeat it over and over again, the dog that I carry inside me is bigger than those of the others.”
O’Malley seemed to take the best part in the beginning of the action with repeated kicks, but Vera was calculating the power and range of her rival, seeing what he brought before deploying the pressure that characterizes him, but once the “ Suga ” squirmed in pain, the end was known to be near.
Vera did not forgive him and fell on him like a mastiff of prey, with blows and elbows so brutal that referee Herb Dean was forced to intervene to avoid greater problems and save O’Malley’s body for a future that now no longer exists. Behold so bright
In this way, Vera strengthens her position at 135 pounds – a division full of talents and figures – and remembers that, had she not been deprived of an almost certain victory against Song Yadong, she would have been on a seven-win streak. The Ecuadorian deserves a reward in rankings and opponents.
Remember, above all, something we already knew: his gladiator’s heart is unquestionable.
“As I always say, no one gets to this position without hard work and dedication,” added Vera, who should have started her own train to fame. He has earned it with blood, sweat and tears.