Marlon Vera is coming off of a submission victory over Brian Kelleher on the preliminary card of UFC On Fox 25.
For his next appearance in the Octagon, the fighter wants to take care of some unfinished business with Jimmie Rivera.
“It was really tough for me, because I cut 15 pounds in two days for that fight,” Vera said after the event. “I went to the gym, and to the sauna, because I was super motivated to fight a top guy. And I was expecting respect from him, and he just said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt him.’ And then what pissed me off is the said, ‘I don’t want to fight him, because if I beat him, he’s not going to be able to help his daughter.’ And in my mind, I was like, ‘You don’t have a brain. Because if you beat me, I cash a check. So I’m still making something.’ That’s what pissed me off. I’ve got nothing against him, but when he says things like that, he makes no sense at all.”
Rivera also competed at UFC On Fox 25, defeating Thomas Almeida by decision in a fight that kicked off the four fight main card.
If Vera is unable to fight Rivera, then anybody the UFC puts in front of him is fine.
“Whatever the UFC wants to give me,” Vera said. “If I get that Rivera fight, cool. If I get that kid from Europe, cool. If I get somebody else, I don’t care. We’ll fight anybody; you guys know that.”
The man Vera has challenged in Rivera has yet to answer the latest challenge.