VIDEO: Marlon Vera Destroys Frankie Edgar with an Anderson Silva-Like Front Kick at UFC 268

Published 11/07/2021, 12:10 AM EDT


UFC bantamweight Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera earned a spectacular front kick KO finish over Frankie Edgar at UFC 268. The finish was a throwback to Anderson Silva’s crippling front kick knockout finish over Vitor Belfort and the fans couldn’t get enough. Chiefly, Edgar protested the stoppage, however, it was clear he was more or less out on his feet.

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Marlon Vera was taken down multiple times in the fight and struggled to get going in the early goings of the contest. However, the Ecuadorian fighter proved that his power was too much for the veteran who has absorbed a lot of damage in his career.

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With the win, Marlon Vera established his place in the rankings and showed the entire roster that he can hang with the very best. Despite being 40-years-old, Edgar has shown time and again that he is still elite at bantamweight. Vera will move forward with a higher-ranked opponent next in the hopes of securing UFC gold.

Marlon Vera is now a credentialed finisher at bantamweight and he seems to have learned a lot from his loss to Jose Aldo. Some fans believed he wouldn’t be able to bounce back after the aforementioned defeat, however, that’s clearly not the case.

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As for Frankie Edgar, he’s now coming off two straight KO losses and his defeat to Vera may be the final nail in the coffin. While he has resisted the idea of retiring, the sun might be setting on Edgar’s prolific career. MMA pundits speculated that his loss to Cory Sandhagen via flying knee was a massive setback to his once legendary durability.

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Fans will be waiting to see what lies ahead for both men as they attempt to navigate through their respective UFC careers.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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