Conor McGregor, Colby Covington & Other UFC Fighters Affected by Flag Ban as Revealed by Marlon Vera

Published 05/03/2022, 5:30 AM EDT

Fighters carrying out flags in the UFC during their walkouts was a common thing. However, the UFC has put a stop to this in recent times. Many fighters may not be thrilled with this decision, and UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera was one of them.

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Not being able to carry a flag while walking to the octagon could change a crucial aspect of certain fighters who take pride in what their country represents. One of the most iconic fighters to walk out with a national flag is the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, who wears the Irish national flag with nothing but pride.

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Other fighters such as Marlon Vera, Belal Muhammad, and Colby Covington are also known to walk out with their national flags.

In an interview, Ecuadorian UFC sensation Marlon Vera talked about how the promotion told him he could not carry his flag for his walkout against Rob Font.

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While having a chat with José Luis Santacruz, a student of journalism, Vera stated, “In this fight they told me that I couldn’t go out with the flag.” He continued, “Nobody can take out their flag…Ecuador has nothing to do with it.” (quotes translated to English via Google Translate)

What’s next for Marlon Vera in the Bantamweight division?

UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera (aka UFC Vegas 53) was an amazing night for the Ecuadorian mixed martial artist. Marlon Vera came out with flying colors and continued his great journey in the UFC with a decision win over Rob Font. As it was ‘Chito’s third win in succession, he has risen to #5 in the rankings.

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Vera can only go up from here, with multiple fight options (Jose Aldo, Cory Sandhagen) available for him in the future.

If the Ecuadorian wins against another top-ranked opponent next, the nation can prepare themselves to see their hero skyrocket into the exosphere for the bantamweight gold.

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Rohit Raj

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Rohit Raj is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. As a Business student, Rohit’s love for the UFC was double-sided with the business of it being just as intriguing as the martial arts aspect of it. “Don't just fight, perform” is a quote that he believes drives the most entertaining fights of the UFC, with the likes of Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen, and Israel Adesanya sweeping him off his feet with their skill as well as swagger and trash talk capabilities.

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