UFC Fight Night Predictions — Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera: fight card, start time, odds, live stream

Rob Font and Marlon Vera are eager to prove they have what it takes to beat the best bantamweights on the planet. Font and Vera will clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night on April 30th with a desire to make a good impression on the UFC Apex matchmakers in Las Vegas.

Font (19-5) is on his comeback tour after being bested by José Aldo in December. Font had moments of success against the legendary featherweight champion, but it was a clear unanimous decision defeat for Saturday’s headliner. He broke a four-game winning streak – the best of Font’s UFC stint – against opponents such as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and Marlon Moraes. Font studied “Chito” closely ahead of Saturday’s showdown, particularly Vera’s recent win over Frankie Edgar.

“He’s dangerous. I don’t think there’s a point where he’s completely dangerous,” Font told CBS Sports. “I think overall if he’s on fire or having a good night. He’s doing what he does is when he’s mixing it up with kicks and elbows and takedowns. I would say overall I have to be prepared for everything. I think there’s one thing that really stands out.

“He held on. He was losing a few rounds, I think in the first round and in the middle of the second. And he came back. That’s hard to do at this level, especially against a guy like Frankie Edgar. Say courage. He’s brave. He It’s not easy to break up and he’s not easily discouraged either.”

Check out the full interview with Rob Font below.

Vera (18-7-1) deals with violence but will have to work within Font’s reach and sharp boxing. “Chito” bounced back from a loss to Aldo in December 2020 with impressive wins over Edgar and Davey Grant. Vera actually credits Aldo for taking the loss to a new level. Intending to make a good impression at Font’s expense, “Chito” wouldn’t be surprised to see a UFC bantamweight title up for grabs in the near future.

“I believe a big win on Saturday night would put me in contention for the title,” Vera told reporters on Wednesday’s media day. “Depending on how the cards are played at the top, I can either go straight for the belt or have another fight. But a win this Saturday puts me right there.

“I really think losing to Aldo the way I did – I’m never the person who wants to say ‘oh he was holding back.[ing] me down.’ That’s not a thing. I was the one who was supposed to escape and kick his ass. I don’t believe in lifts, I don’t believe the referee should stand. If you’re fighting someone who’s annoying or wants to hold you back, fuck you. Winning is much better than losing, good for them… I think losing like that almost kills me inside. Because I know how close I was to finishing him, I know how tired he was. It’s all on me. Mentally I’m focused, I’ll never blame a coach or a person, it’s all my fault. I think this loss just made me angry, I wasn’t happy with myself.”

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Veterans complete the remainder of the undercard Saturday night, when former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is set to face Jake Collier in the co-main event. Arlovski, who held the title in 2004, did well to remain relevant as something of a guardian in the division. In addition, André Fili is back at featherweight as he faces Joanderson Brito. And beefy featherweight Darren Elkins is back when he takes on Tristan Connelly.

Here is the UFC Fight Night fight card with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Source Rob -130

Marlon Vera +110

rooster weight

Andrei Arlovski -150

Jake Collier +125

Heavy weight

André Fili -220

Joanderson Brito +180

Feather weight

Grant Dawson -180

Jared Gordon +155

Light

Darren Elkins -175

Tristan Connelly +150

Feather weight

Krzysztof Jotko -170

Gerald Meerschaert +145

Average weight

UFC Fight Night preview information

Date: April 30th | Start time: 7 pm ET
Location: UFC Apex – Las Vegas, Nevada
Stream: ESPN+

Prediction

Rob Font x Marlon Vera: Font is the favorite for UFC Fight Night, but just barely. The oddsmakers have this fight close to a pick’em and that seems justified, despite Font’s failure to gain weight at 2.5 pounds on Friday. Font has some of the best boxing and long-distance striking in the division, but his early UFC knockout success hasn’t followed him up the ladder. Vera remains one of the most powerful finishers in the top 15 at bantamweight with the ability to kick, elbow, body kick and strangle her way to victory. Font fights for a long time, but only has a one-inch range advantage against the dangerous Vera. “Chito” arguably has the highest ceiling, as his combination of skills can get everyone at bantamweight some serious problems. However, while Vera may have scored an ugly, perfect knockout of Edgar at UFC 268, he came after losing the first round and most of the second round against a veteran who is on the wane. Expect Font to bolster issues in his impressive defense that allowed Aldo to land a great right hand. The source must be able to keep his distance and catch Vera with boxing combinations for 25 minutes. Source via UD


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