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UFC 268 – Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera – Fight Predictions & Analysis

Saba Sozashvili
06 Nov 2021

Another top contenders battle will be held at UFC 268. Marlon Vera, the #13 ranked bantamweight, will fight with the former lightweight champion and current #8 ranked bantamweight, Frankie Edgar.

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Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera
Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera

After being part of one of the biggest upsets at UFC 252, Marlon Vera became famous when he defeated Sean O’Malley. However, after this bout, he suffered a loss against Jose Aldo and earned a victory against Davey Grant. Marlon is already a veteran in the UFC. He has been a member of the promotion since 2014 and has fought 17 times. He had his best period in the UFC in 2018-19, when he earned 5 victories in a row.

Frankie Edgar is a phenomenal fighter. He has great wrestling but also excellent striking. Someone might say that he suffered losses 3 times in his previous 5 contests, but the interesting question is, against who did he lose? He suffered a loss against Max Holloway in a featherweight title fight and another loss against Korean Zombie. He defeated Pedro Munhoz in his bantamweight debut, when he was considered a huge underdog, and suffered a loss against one of the most brutal strikers, Cory Sandhagen.

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From my point of view, Frankie does not have enough abilities to compete with the best guys in the division, but Chito Vera is not that kind of top guy. Frankie got everything to beat Marlon Vera, especially in 3 rounder battle. Since Marlon has never been finished, I think that Frankie will earn another victory via decision.

Edgar will open this bout as an underdog, and I don’t understand this decision. Frankie’s victory has the odd around 2.4, while Chito’s victory has the odd 1.6. I think the victory of Edgar via decision is pretty good odds, which is 3.2, but nothing is impossible, so 2.4 and betting on only victory is good enough.

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