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Marlon Vera thinks he's bantamweight's next big contender after UFC Tampa TKO win

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TAMPA, Fla. – Marlon Vera beat Andre Ewell with a third-round TKO Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 19 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Take a look inside the fight with Vera, who won for the fifth straight time – all by finish.

Result: Marlon Vera def. Andre Ewell via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:17
Updated records: Vera (17-5-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Ewell (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Key stat: Vera landed 62 percent of his total strikes, including 10 leg kicks.

Vera on the fight’s key moment

“Every time I jump in the cage, I am more experienced and more prepared. All I have to do is keep my work ethic on point, work hard, be in the gym all the time and keep looking for ways for me to improve. For me, it’s all about competition and I like to perform – that’s why I prepare myself so hard.”

Vera on his bantamweight prospects

“Success is something you need to earn. If you can’t pay that rent, then you can’t win out there, and I earn it every day. I’m the contender in this division.”

Vera on what he wants next

“I always say whoever is next and ready, I’ll pick up the phone, say yes, put my boots on and walk into the octagon. I just need to heal some things from this fight – I’m hurting a little. But as soon as I’m ready to go, I’ll contact my coaches and ask what’s next.”

To hear more from Vera, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.


Marlon Vera def. Andre Ewell at UFC on ESPN+ 19: Best photos


UFC on ESPN+ 19: Official scorecards from Tampa

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