UFC Fight Night: Jung vs Ige- Marlon Vera vs Davey Grant: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/16/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Marlon Vera of Ecuador poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweights Marlon Vera and Davey Grant will meet in the middle at UFC Fight Night: Jung vs Ige. The scrap is earmarked by fight fans as a potential ‘Fight of the Night’ contender given the styles that both men bring. Both athletes possess the ability to re-route the action to the center of cage making for violent action.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The 135-pound division is currently in limbo given the way the title picture currently stands. Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will likely run things back towards the latter half of the year, leaving the other contenders on ice. However, securing a statement win will always go a long way in building a solid title-run resume.

Also Read: Paul Craig Parties with Jamahal Hill After Breaking His Arm at UFC 263

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

UFC Vegas 29: Marlon Vera vs Davey Grant

‘Chito’ Vera is coming off a loss in his last fight to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo back in December. Vera bit off more than he could chew in that fight and he’s gone back to the drawing board in a fight against Grant. However, he’s shown potential throughout his MMA career and he’s as game as they come.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Marlon Vera uses leg kicks with expert precision and is able to walk down opponents after compromising their movement. Very few fighters can generate the power that he can even while staying at range. Moreover, he’s good at gliding in and out of position to lure his opponents into a false sense of security.

Davey Grant is on a three-fight win streak with his most recent wins coming by way of KO. His power has been on full display and it’s clear he can turn off the lights with a single connection. ‘Chito’ Vera is extremely durable, and Grant will have to be careful about not gassing himself out.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Englishman relies on his lead-leg to set up his power strikes and this is something Vera may look to exploit. However, Grant’s close-range hooks are a powerful equalizer that can quickly turn the tide of the contest towards Grant. It all boils down to who can take the center of the cage and dictate the pace from the get-go.

Prediction: Marlon Vera to claim a third-round submission win

Read this story: 5 Unknown Facts About the UFC President Dana White

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Darryl Pinto

1774 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT