‘It’s Good to Have a Bad Girlfriend’- Joe Rogan Discusses How Marlon Vera Was Badly Treated by His Coach

Published 12/17/2021, 11:53 PM EST


In almost all sports, having a good coach can be the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete. This is especially the case in MMA, where there have been many instances of a change in camps and coaches helping a fighter out significantly. However, there have also been instances of coaches ripping off fighters. Marlon Vera shared his story in his recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. 

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‘Chito’ currently trains under the able guidance of Jason Parillo. In most cases, a coach takes anywhere from a 10-15% cut on a fighter’s purse. However, in the interview, Vera shared how his former coach took a whopping 50% off his fight purse. In the podcast, he shed light on how this agreement came into place. 

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He said, “I remember I was watching fights on TV, and he text me. Hey, I saw this interview with Ronda Rousey. This is when Ronda was on top of the world. And she said, all her success is because of her coach, and she pay him 50%. So you wanna do that? And I was like, yeah, sure. He had me hooked, so whatever he said, I had to accept it. But now that I am here today, I am like, Ronda was not paying 50%.”

Joe Rogan commented on Vera’s situation, saying, “Well, it is good sometimes to be bullshi**ed. Like it is good to have a bad girlfriend, so you recognize what a good girlfriend is like.”

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Chito’ is currently on a two-fight win streak. After his loss against Jose Aldo in December last year, Vera bounced back with impressive wins over the likes of Davey Grant, and most recently a devastating front kick knockout win over long-time UFC veteran Frankie Edgar. 

After Jose Aldo’s recent win over Rob Font, Vera took to Twitter to call out Aldo for a rematch. He challenged the former champion to a five-round fight. However, at this point, it is unlikely that the UFC will match Aldo against Vera. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA desk, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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