Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Marlon Vera after UFC on ESPN 43 loss?

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Marlon Vera was unable to capture magic once again on Saturday, and it cost him in the form of a loss to Cory Sandhagen in the UFC on ESPN 43 main event.

After putting together a four-fight winning streak in the bantamweight division, Vera (20-8-1 MMA, 14-7 UFC) met his match at AT&T Center in San Antonio, giving Sandhagen (16-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) the split decision win and sending “Chito” back to the drawing board.


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Vera took full ownership of the result in the aftermath of the fight, admitting her didn’t do enough in the early rounds to make a difference. Slow starts have been a consistent problem for Vera, and now he has to figure out how to solve it.

What should Vera’s next step be? Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis on his future after UFC on ESPN 43.

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