Marlon Vera Reveals How Kobe Bryant Inspired Him to Workout Everyday

Published 12/18/2021, 8:20 AM EST


Kobe Bryant inspires UFC bantamweight, Marlon Vera. ‘Chito’ is one of the toughest and hardest working fighters in the UFC right now. His journey into the top 10 of the division is a testament to that. He joined the UFC in 2014, and after having an on-and-off start to his career in the promotion, he started finding success. He is currently on a two-fight win streak, with the last win coming against UFC veteran Frankie Edgar.

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Vera takes no days off from training. He was recently on the Joe Rogan Experience, where both men discussed various things. One thing they talked about was training regularly and keeping a clean lifestyle. Vera in particular focused on going to bed on time and having a clean lifestyle. While discussing about the training, Vera said, “I train on Christmas day, New Year’s eve, I don’t really, not a holiday person. That’s what my wife hate about me. She’s like, Christmas is coming, I’m like, good lord. I’m the f**king grinch in that way. But training-wise, every day. Because there’s always something that you can do. Oh, your arm hurts, do squats, your legs hurt, punch. You can always do something.”

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“That’s what Kobe Bryant always say. By the time you and your opponent are about to compete, I have five years ahead. Because he’s waking up earlier and having more time. I do that, sometimes I wake four in the morning, go for my run. Then I just have to work on my skill, my cardio is done.”

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How does Marlon Vera do for recovery?

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Being an MMA fighter, and training day in, day out, takes a toll on one’s body. Especially during the fight camp. They put their body through a lot and need to go through recovery. While sitting with Joe Rogan, Vera talked about his process and what all he does for recovery. He said, “Yes, I definitely do the massages. I go to the P.T, if something hurts. I do a lot of hyperbolic time chamber, a lot. Weekly. Once a week, for 90 minutes… I never talk to the guys, like, I talk to them but Phase 1, Phase 2. It’s just huge metal one, I know for a fact it is a good one.

“I do it once a week, and then I do massages. Ice bath guarantee. I have a sauna at home that I torture myself every day. It’s game-changer. If you’re gonna spend your money, spend it right.”

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It’s fair to say, Vera takes good care of his body and is in great physical condition. Who would you like to see Vera fight next? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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