UFC Fight Night- Jose Aldo vs Marlon Vera: Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/18/2020, 10:08 PM EST


Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera will be the co-main event for the last UFC card for 2020. The two bantamweights will both look to end the year on a high note with a win on Saturday night. The card is headlined by a welterweight bout between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Geoff Neal. The event will take place inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: (L-R) Opponents Petr Yan of Russia and Jose Aldo of Brazil face off 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)

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A technical striking battle

The Brazilian enters the bout on the back of a three-fight losing streak for the first time in his career. Vera is coming off a spectacular win over UFC prospect Sean O’Malley.

Jose Aldo (28-7) is now 34 years of age. While his best days are behind him, he remains confident that he can challenge for the title again. The Brazilian finds himself in a precarious situation on the back of three consecutive losses. Alexander Volkanovski, Marlon Moraes, and Petr Yan have all been able to get the better of the Brazilian. Despite a decline, Aldo remains one of the very best in the world.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Marlon Vera enters the fight on a high. Beating Sean O’Malley in a first-round TKO has put the Ecuadorian on the map for the MMA community. ‘Chito’ will now head into the last card of the year looking to get the biggest victory of his career over a former UFC champion and legend.

He has only lost once in his last seven fights. The loss was a controversial unanimous decision going to Song Yadong.

Jose Aldo vs Marlon Vera

Both Aldo and Vera are technical strikers and are expected to keep the fight standing. Aldo has 17 KO/TKO victories to his record with just one submission. He is considered to be the more powerful striker between the two, and his experience could play a key role in this fight. A concern for Aldo however is his gas tank. He suffered a TKO loss to champion Petr Yan in the fifth round. This time, a three-round fight could prove favorable for him.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Jose Aldo of Brazil 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)

Vera has submissions in his artillery with eight submissions and six T/KO to his name. The Ecuadorian has been very impressive with six stoppages in his last six wins. He will look to make it seven at the UFC Apex. However, he has never faced anyone like Aldo, and the aging legend will not want to lose four in a row.

Prediction: Jose Aldo via Unanimous Decision

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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