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“I Love Any Fight… in the Top Five” – Coach Jason Parillo Hints at a Possible Bantamweight Showdown Between Chito Vera and Petr Yan

Published 05/28/2022, 3:55 AM EDT

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Coach Jason Parillo believes the UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Vera has all the skills to beat ‘any of these guys’ from the top-5 of the division. So, are we going to witness a blockbuster clash between Marlon Vera and Petr Yan soon?

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The UFC bantamweight division currently comprises some of the best fighters in the MMA world. Marlon Vera is one of them. ‘Chito’ on his quest to gain the bantamweight gold strap, has already defeated a former champion and a top contender in his previous two fights.


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Now, the Ecuadorian native has his eyes set on the bigger price. ‘Chito’ is looking for a fight with the number one bantamweight contender Petr Yan and his coach Jason Parillo believes Yan is the right opponent for Vera.

“I love any fight for Chito (Vera) in the top five. I mean, Chito is definitely coming in his own right now. He made a great statement with Rob Font in his last fight.” Parillo told The Schmo. 

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“And he showed really he could fight with any of these guys. And I truly, obviously as a coach, believe he can beat these guys. I see Chito definitely being a world champion at UFC in time to come.” He concluded.

Things got heated between Marlon Vera and Petr Yan

‘Chito’ is currently on a three-fight win streak and entered the top-5 of the bantamweight division after his recent win. Now Vera believes he is just one fight away from the title.

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Hence, he called out the former champion Petr Yan. ‘No Mercy’ recently failed to regain his bantamweight title against the current champion Aljamain Sterling in April 2022. In order to map his way back to the title, Yan is willing to fight Vera.


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However, he has issues with the timing of the bout. “If you want to fight the best you can wait till September/October, but if you want to just to be ufc’s b***h and fill out the spot in August, you can f**k off and don’t waste my time,” Yan said on Twitter.

‘Chito’ replied by taking a dig at the Russian fighter. He said, “Wait? F**k u I ain’t waiting for no one, u call me out, UFC offer something u the b***h. Also, learn English is pathetic being a man and having your manager translating for u. Dork.”


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Both the fighters are desperately looking to lay their hands on the title. Hence, this fight makes a lot of sense. Also, Yan and Vera are among the top-5 of the division who never fought before. Hence, a clash between them will give a clear picture of the next viable prospect for the title.

What are your thoughts on Vera vs. Yan? What do you guys think of Parillo’s words? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle


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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.
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