Marlon Vera earned a big victory at UFC Fight Night 101 when he defeated Ning Guangyou by unanimous decision, but according to Vera, this is just the start of his evolution as a professional MMA fighter.
“I feel I’m a completely different fighter,” Vera said to MMA Junkie. “I used to fight trying to survive, right now I was fighting. I was looking the guy in the eyes and I was like, I will go in there and I will fight for my life, I will fight for my win. I think in the third round I showed I wanted it more. I didn’t get crazy when I knocked him down because sometimes you get crazy, you get caught in the guillotine or something. I just took my time. I was like, ‘If it’s a decision, I will accept that.’”
Besides evolving as a fighter, Vera was to also start a revolution with his family, which begins by moving them to California
“The first thing I will do is bring my family to California and start living together,” Vera said. “I have eight months living by myself and it’s hard – it’s something you don’t want to do. So I’m just trying to live my dream and I don’t want to go anywhere, the UFC is my home. I would like to fight in Anaheim, in California – that’s right across the gym,” Vera said. “So if I can fight for my new people, I’d love to fight there.”
Vera wants to fight at UFC 208 in early 2017, but nothing has been announced by the UFC as far as his next fight goes.