“Fight Like a Man”- Caleb Plant, Brandon Moreno, and UFC World Left Thrilled as Marlon Vera Takes On Sean O’Malley at UFC 299

Published 11/07/2023, 12:45 AM EST

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It’s official! Marlon Vera will be facing Sean O’Malley once again. However, will the outcome be the same as the last time? ‘Chito’ Vera is fairly confident he’s bringing the belt back with him but O’Malley is no small challenge. The fighter has had a chance to grow since their last meeting.

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Dana White just recently took to his socials to announce the card. It will be going down sometime next year around the months of February and March. While the exact pay-per-view event has not been announced, there are hints and pieces to guess the date from. Either way, Vera’s warning online is currently what’s caught fans’ attention.

Marlon Vera issues a warning to ‘Suga’

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Marlon Vera first went up against ‘Suga’ back in August 2020. This was at UFC 252, and Vera took O’Malley down via a first-round knockout. It wasn’t the greatest of performance by the current bantamweight champion but it’s been years since then.

And it’ll be even longer when the two finally go up against one another once again. The potential date for the two to go against could be March as declared by White. The potential event? It could be UFC 299, this is merely an estimate that comes from the confirmation of another matchup.

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That’s right, White has also confirmed a match between Illia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski in February. This fight will go down at UFC 298 and it will be for the featherweight title. So if Vera goes up in arms against O’Malley next month, it may as well be at UFC 299 or perhaps even UFC 300.

Vera took to Instagram and promised his fans and perhaps even himself that the belt was coming with him- “One way or another this belt is coming home.” A warning to O’Malley that either Vera takes the belt from him, or he’ll take it from whoever manages to beat ‘Suga’ in the future. Nevertheless, his closest shot is doing it himself and it’s going to happen soon. Here’s how fans and fellow fighters reacted to the post.

Fans and the UFC world react to Vera’s warning

Marlon Vera is a very popular fighter and it shows. Vera’s knockout against O’Malley has given him enough confidence to last through the years. However, can he really repeat the feat?

“Ready for it” wrote Derek Brunson.

“LFG!” said Alex Perez.

“Go for it dawg” Brandon Moreno commented.

“Let’s go champ” Caleb Plant cheered for Vera.

Meanwhile, fans were with Vera all the way too.

“BRING IT HOME MANEEEEEE”

“Let’s go champ!”

“go get him champ”

Others were sure it would be easy work for him.

“VAMOOOOS CHITOOOOO!!”

“You got this!!!!!! Easy work”

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Meanwhile, this fan recalled their first meeting. While another had harsher words to say to Vera.

“Big boss move if you take out his other leg this time lmao”

@chitoveraufc don’t be standing there eating up all these shots too get 1 lucky hit. That’s how you lose majority of yours fights. Fight like a man”

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Fans are as divided as they come and the fighters are all rooting for Vera to take up the challenge. O’Malley has won the bantamweight title after defeating Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. Meanwhile, Vera is coming off a win over Pedro Munhoz. So who are you rooting for?

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Prit Chauhan

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I'm Prit Chauhan, and I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. I've been in the writing business for three years, covering areas like mass media marketing, and even tried my hand at fiction. My experience includes research work at the University of California, Berkeley, which helps me spin fact-based stories about the world of Mixed Martial Arts effortlessly.
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