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Marlon Vera biography: 13 things about UFC fighter born in Chone, Ecuador

full name: Marlon Andrés Vera Delgado
fight name: Chito
residence: Irvine, California, United States
height: 5’8″
weight divisions: bantamweight, featherweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 20-8-1

Marlon Vera (©UFC)
Marlon Vera (©UFC)

Marlon Vera is an Ecuadorian professional mixed martial artist nicknamed Chito. He is 5’8″ tall and he competes in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.

Born in Chone, Ecuador, Vera has one brother and one sister. He is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Vera and his wife Maria Paulina Escobar Ramos are based in Irvine, California, United States. They have two daughters and one son together.

Currently, Vera is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2008, he moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador where he started his Brazilian jiu-jitsu training.
  2. In 2011, Escobar gave birth to their first daughter, who has a rare neurological condition called Möbius syndrome. In the same year, he made his professional MMA debut in Santa Elena, Ecuador where he defeated Cesar Moreno via unanimous decision.
  3. On February 20, 2012, he submitted Jack Guzman via triangle choke in Quito, Ecuador.
  4. In 2013, he defeated Javier Umana Munoz, Joel Iglesias, Luis Roberto Herrera and D’Juan Owens but lost to Bruno Leandro Lobato. Also in 2013, his fight against Fábio Bispo ended in a draw.
  5. On November 15, 2014, he made his UFC debut at “UFC 180” in Mexico City, Mexico where he lost to Marco Beltran via unanimous decision. On August 8, 2015, he submitted Roman Salazar via triangle armbar at “UFC Fight Night 73” in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
  6. In 2016, he lost to Davey Grant via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 84” in London, England before he defeated Ning Guangyou via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 101” in Melbourne, Australia.
  7. In 2017, he signed an advertisement deal with Pepsi. In the same year, he defeated Brad Pickett via technical knockout via head kick and punches at “UFC Fight Night 107” in London and submitted Brian Kelleher via armbar at “UFC on Fox 2” in Uniondale, New York, USA before he lost to John Lineker via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 119” in São Paulo, Brazil,
  8. In 2018, Escobar gave birth to their second daughter. In the same year, he lost to Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 125” in Belém, Brazil before he defeated Wuliji Buren via technical knockout via body punch at “UFC 227” in Los Angeles, California and submitted Guido Cannetti via rear-naked choke at “UFC Fight Night 140” in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  9. In 2019, he defeated Frankie Saenz via technical knockout via punches at “UFC Fight Night 148” in Nashville, submitted Nohelin Hernandez via rear-naked choke at “UFC 239” in Las Vegas and defeated Andre Ewell via technical knockout via elbows and punches at “UFC Fight Night 161” in Tampa, Florida, USA.
  10. In 2020, he defeated Sean O’Malley via technical knockout via elbows and punches at “UFC 252” in Enterprise, Nevada but lost to Song Yadong at “UFC on ESPN 8” in Jacksonville, Florida and Jose Aldo at “UFC Vegas 17” in Enterprise both via unanimous decision.
  11. In 2021, he defeated Grant via unanimous decision again at “UFC Vegas 29” in Enterprise and knocked out Frankie Edgar via front kick at “UFC 268” in New York City, New York.
  12. In 2022, he defeated Rob Font via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 53” in Enterprise and knocked out Dominick Cruz via head kick at “UFC on ESPN 41” in San Diego, California.
  13. He was 30 years old when he lost to Cory Sandhagen via split decision on March 25, 2023 at “UFC on ESPN 43” in San Antonio, Texas, USA, which downgraded his professional MMA record to 20 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw.
Marlon Vera, Song Yadong (©UFC)
Marlon Vera, Song Yadong (©UFC)

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