Two top ten bantamweight contenders are being set up to headline the UFC’s event on April 30. According to a tweet by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, number five-ranked Rob Font will take on number eight-ranked Marlon Vera.
Fun one on tap in the bantamweight division. Rob Font (@RobSFont) vs. Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) will headline UFC Fight Night on April 30. No. 5 vs. No. 8, five scheduled rounds. pic.twitter.com/DVA0QM6my1— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 10, 2022
The 34-year-old Font (19-5) was on a four-fight win streak beginning in 2018, with notable wins over Sergio Pettis, Marlon Moraes, and former champion Cody Garbrandt. That streak ended when he ran into another ex-titleholder in José Aldo in December, where he lost via decision.
The 29-year-old Vera (18-7-1), on the other hand, is on a two-fight win streak after losing to Aldo in 2020. His most noteworthy win, as of late, was his third-round knockout win over former champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 268 in November. “Chito” also took home a $50K bonus for Performance of the Night.
The UFC’s April 30 event will likely take place at the APEX in Las Vegas. A lightweight bout between veterans Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon was supposed to be part of the card, but the pairing was subsequently moved to UFC 274 in May.