Marlon Vera: Campaigning on the social network is a waste

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Winner of four straight, all by stoppage, Marlon Vera heads into the Octagon this weekend with his eyes on making it five. That win would put Vera into a tie for the most consecutive wins in the bantamweight division, alongside potential contenders Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen. However, while we’re talking about Yan and Sandhagen getting a shot at the strap, Vera finds himself vs. Andre Ewell this weekend, yet another unranked opponent. Although that could be difficult for some, Vera doesn’t care.

“Honestly, dude, I don’t give a f***,” said Vera on the Top Turtle MMA Podcast. “I like to fight, I like to be active. This is my third fight this year and I’m thinking of maybe squeezing in a fourth one at the end of the year.”

In addition to his love for punching people in the face, Vera doesn’t see a real need to be begging for the big fights. In fact, he thinks those who take to social media looking for big fights are wasting their time.

“A lot of people get frustrated, they start going on social media and campaign and stuff like that, but I feel that’s a waste of energy,” he said. “I’m putting my energy into training and getting better.”

That training has taken Vera to a number of different gyms and working with many new people for this camp. From jiu-jitsu with BJ Penn, to wrestling with TJ Dillashaw, to striking with Jason Parillo, Vera is getting in his best work of his life. That work, he feels, is all that really matters when it comes down to it.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter as long as you keep winning, you will get there at some point,” explained Vera. “I’m not trying to rush anything. I’m young, I don’t have any injuries, I don’t have any problems that would stop me from achieving everything I want, so I’m just going with the flow.”

While he isn’t looking to rush anything, Vera should find himself right in the thick of things in the bantamweight division should he pick up his 5th straight win this weekend. That fight will be against Andre Ewell as part of the preliminary portion of UFC Tampa on ESPN+.

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Author Daniel Vreeland is a co-founder of the Top Turtle Podcast, and a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu at New England Submission Fighting in Amherst, Massachusetts.