UFC Bantamweight Davey Grant Releases Statement Following Loss to Marlon Vera

Published 06/20/2021, 11:51 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Davey Grant of England poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweight Davey Grant lost a decision to Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night: Jung vs Ige at the UFC APEX. The loss brought an end to Grant’s impressive 3-fight winning streak. As part of that run, he had earned two knockout finishes in his last 2 fights against the likes of Martin Day and Jonathan Martinez.

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Despite the setback, fans recognized the valiant effort put forth by the 35-year-old Englishman. Following the fight, ‘Dangerous’ Davey took to social media to send a message from the hospital.

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Still smiling 😄 Hats off to Chito for a great fight. Thought it was really close but no regrets, left it all in there and absolutely gutted not to get the win. Heal up, lots of family time then back in the gym and we go again! Thank you so much to everyone for the constant support it really means the world to me. ❤️,” wrote Grant.

‘Dangerous’ might have lost the fight, but he certainly gained some new fans during the bout. It was a war in which his heart, grit, and toughness were on full display.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (R-L) Davey Grant of England punches Jonathan Martinez in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Vera made the most of his opportunity after suffering a loss to Jose Aldo in his last fight. ‘Chito’ will now look to get a higher-ranked opponent in his next outing to the Octagon.

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What’s next for Davey Grant after his loss to Marlon Vera?

Despite the loss, Grant’s performance was certainly a statement. He made a point that he is more than capable of hanging in there with a top contender like ‘Chito’. So, it only makes sense that the UFC matches him up against another top contender next.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Davey Grant of England punches Martin Day in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Given the current state of the UFC’s bantamweight division, there won’t be any shortage of opponents once ‘Dangerous’ is ready to make his return. But for now, healing up from the damages taken has to be his first priority.

What’s next for Grant and Vera? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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