Marlon Vera Tells Joe Rogan How Chuck Norris Inspired Him in His Life

Published 12/17/2021, 8:50 AM EST


In a recent conversation with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Marlon Vera revealed that, as a child, he would get into street fights. Surprisingly, his brother would pay homeless kids to fight Vera. ‘Chito’ would immensely enjoy these fights and prefer them over playing soccer.

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This was back in Chone, Ecuador, when the fighter was about 4 to 5-years old. So fighting had always been his passion, and he successfully has made it big in the sport. He has given his fans some spectacular fights and will continue to do so. However, one might wonder who inspired him.

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)

After talking about his childhood street fights, Vera revealed that Chuck Norris might have inspired him. He said, “Maybe it was Chuck Norris… Do you remember ‘Walker, Texas Ranger?’ That was the main sh*t.”

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“Cowboy boots, hat. I wanted to fight every bad person.”

When Rogan asked if he really wore cowboy boots and the hat, Vera replied, “Oh, growing up, I was a cowboy. My dad has a farm since I remember. Cows, everything.”

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While Vera didn’t have to really work at the farms during childhood, he did so because it was fun for him. In his young mind, it was an enjoyable and fun task to engage oneself in. In fact, according to Vera, if he were to retire, he would love to just go back and work on the farm. However, he also understands that it might not be a feasible option.

Marlon Vera: His career so far

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Vera started fighting professionally in 2012 and was with several promotions before joining the UFC. His first UFC fight was back in 2014 and since then, he has had a fascinating career.

Currently, he has two back-to-back wins. His last fight was against Frankie Edgar at UFC 268, and this was one interesting fight. He knocked out Edgar with a powerful kick. However, he gained more respect after he condemned social media users for sharing Edgar’s picture right when he got kicked in the face.

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What do you think about Marlon Vera’s fun-filled childhood? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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