20 December 2020 06:38
Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera faced off in a Bantamweight clash tonight (Sat., Dec. 19, 2020) at UFC Vegas 17 from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a very technical performance, Aldo is back in the win column. Vera opened with some quick lead leg kicks. Aldo found a right hand then kicked the inner thigh. Vera clinched up and attempted a takedown.
He managed to get really deep on the waist, but Aldo's legendary takedown defense held up. Vera landed small knees to the thigh and controlled his foe along the fence for a while. Aldo gained space and kicked the body. Aldo ripped the body. Aldo landed a cross to the mid-section then kicked the thigh twice.
Vera pushed into the clinch again, but Aldo pivoted and avoided the fence. Another right to the body scored for the Brazilian. Head kick partially connected for Vera, but Aldo answered with a hard chopping low kick. Aldo scored a jab to start the second. Vera landed a good side kick. Aldo touched the body twice then scored with a right hook to the jaw. Vera tried to establish his left kick to the body, but Aldo blocked well. Good jab from "Chito." Right hand to the breadbasket from Aldo, followed by a left hook. Aldo checked a low kick, fired back. Hard cross scored for Aldo, followed by a whipping uppercut. More body shots from the former champion. Backfist landed for Vera. Vera wrapped up a clinch, kneed the body. Aldo denied a deep outside trip and landed a knee. Vera found a home for a couple punches. Hard counter left from "Chito." Vera pushed back into the clinch, where he landed some good shots. Vera really finished the round well, but Aldo did dominate the early goings of the second. Vera came out aggressive in the third, but Aldo countered with a takedown attempt into the back body lock. Vera used a kimura to attempt his escape, but Aldo took the back standing! Vera tried to shake his opponent off, but he fell to the mat with Aldo still on his back. Vera shifted to-and-fro, but Aldo remained glued to his opponent. Vera tried to slam his way free with no success. Aldo didn't throw many punches, but he didn't need to given the nearly entire round of control. Aldo looked great! Early on, his offense was brief but fearsome, as he ripped the body and leg with real power. As soon as Vera managed to assert himself more in the fight, Aldo switched it up and completely controlled the third round, sealing a victory in the process. Result: Jose Aldo defeats Marlon Vera via unanimous decision For complete UFC Vegas 17: "Thompson vs. Neal" results and play-by-play, click HERE! The UFC Vegas 17 co-main event took place in the bantamweight division and saw the promotion's former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, take a unanimous decision over the #15 ranked 135-pounder, Marlon Vera. Aldo landed some slick body shots on the feet, and spent the bulk of the final round on the back of Chito. This victory snaps a three-fight losing skid for Aldo, who used his post-fight interview to call out the suspended former bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. After a bit of back and forth on the feet, Vera closed the distance and clinched up with Aldo against the fence. Some clock was eaten up before Aldo spun out into open space. Aldo immediately started ripping to the body with hooks and straights. He was also feinting with the leg kick a bunch, causing Vera to react. The round closed out with the former featherweight champ landing a hard combo. Aldo went right back to the body work in the second round. Vera was looking to work the lead leg of Aldo, but wasn't really targeting the head very much. The body punches continued to be there for Aldo and he started checking the kicks of Chito. Vera clinched up a few times, hanging on his foe against the cage. The fighters clinched up at the start of the round, but it was Aldo who took the back. The former featherweight king jumped up and put his hooks in, before breaking down the posture of Vera. Aldo controlled from the backpack position with the help of the body triangle. Vera managed to stand up to his feet with Aldo still attached to his back. He tried to slam the former champ, but Aldo was ready for it and remained in control. Jose Aldo def. Marlon Vera by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Bantamweight