Ranked bantamweights Rob Font and Marlon Vera are scheduled to headline UFC’s “Fight Night” card on Saturday night. They’ll close out a 12-fight lineup that is set to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the event.
Preliminary Card (4:00PM EDT / 1:00PM PDT) (ESPN2 / TSN 4)
Main Card (7:00PM EDT / 4:00PM PDT) (ESPN / TSN 4)
Bout 11: Rob Font (19-5) vs. Marlon Vera (20-7-1) (Bantamweight)
Vera Scores Three Knockdowns For Decision Win Over Font
Marlon Vera prevailed in a five-round fight against Rob Font, putting together a damaging striking performance to get a unanimous decision victory (48-47, 49-46 & 49-46).
Font had a higher output of strikes through all five rounds, but it was the big moments produced by Vera that caused the bout end with the result that it did.
Font was in trouble late in the second round, as a left hook to the head from Vera dropped him. Vera then spent the final moments of the round landing ground and pound strikes to the head.
Vera dropped Font again late in the third round, connecting with a clean knee to the head while on the feet. He then ended the round strong just like the frame before, landing ground and pound to Font.
A third knockdown came in the fourth round, as a head kick from Vera seated Font down. By this point, the damage on Font’s face was quite visible.
Font was rocked again in the final minute of the fight, although he was able to stay on his feet until the clock expired in the fifth round.
Font notably had a strong start to the fight, but the big moments from Vera eventually gave him a comfortable lead by the time the fight came to an end.
Vera was making his first appearance in the main event of a UFC card. He entered the weekend after earning two wins in 2021, defeating Davey Grant and stopping Frankie Edgar late in a dominant performance.
Font was fighting to bounce back from a loss he took late last year against Jose Aldo, losing a unanimous decision after five rounds. Before then, he had four consecutive wins in the UFC.
Bout 10: Jake Collier (13-6) vs. Andrei Arlovski (33-20) (Heavyweight)
Arlovski Earns Fourth Consecutive Win
Veteran Andrei Arlovski pulled off another win in Saturday’s co-main event, scoring a split decision victory against Jake Collier (30-27 Collier, 29-28 Arlovski & 29-28 Arlovski).
Arlovski’s win came after a back-and-forth battle on the feet throughout three rounds. Arlovski had to get through combinations of punches from Collier to win the fight, unloading with his own shots but consuming the return strikes as well.
Arlovski has now won four consecutive fights, which is his longest winning streak since 2015. His previous win was in February against Jared Vanderaa.
Arlovski took Saturday’s bout on short-notice, stepping in to replace Justin Tafa.
Collier was coming off a submission victory that he earned against Chase Sherman in January.
Bout 9: Andre Fili (21-8) vs. Joanderson Brito (12-3-1) (Featherweight)
Brito Stops Fili In 41 Seconds For First UFC Win
Joanderson Brito picked up his first UFC victory on Saturday night, earning a stunning first-minute finish win against Andre Fili.
Brito dropped Fili with a clean overhand right to the head. A stunned Fili then consumed a series of hammerfist punches on the ground, causing the fight to end.
Brito had an unsuccessful UFC debut in his previous appearance, losing a bout against Bill Algeo in January.
Brito was emotional in his post-fight interview, revealing that he found out this morning that an uncle in his family passed away.
Bout 8: Jared Gordon (18-4) vs. Grant Dawson (17-1-1) (Lightweight)
Dawson Submits Gordon Late To Keep Undefeated UFC Run Alive
Grant Dawson put an end to a grinding performance late, submitting Jared Gordon in the third round with a rear naked choke.
Dawson was able to submit Gordon from his back in the third round, a position that he achieved numerous times through all three rounds of his fight.
Earlier rounds in the fight saw Dawson remain on the back of Gordon, landing long strings of punches from these positions. He had a comfortable lead on scorecards when the third round approached.
Dawson’s undefeated UFC run continued on Saturday night. He has won six of his seven UFC bouts, with the other appearance being a draw.
Bout 7: Darren Elkins (26-10) vs. Tristan Connelly (14-7) (Featherweight)
Veteran Elkins Returns With Decision Over Connelly
Veteran Darren Elkins had a strong performance to get back into the win column, defeating returning name Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Elkins was active early in their fight, scoring numerous takedowns against Connelly to attempt submissions or land ground and pound. He was also busy on the feet, causing visible damage to the face of his opponent.
Connelly had moments on the feet where he showed aggression with his striking, most notably at the beginning of the third roud. However, these bursts of striking on the feet were quickly put to rest of Elkins, who would score takedowns or respond with his own strikes.
Elkins finished the fight on a high note, attempting a rear naked choke against Connelly late in the third round.
Elkins was fighting to bounce back after suffering a finish loss against Cub Swanson late last year.
Connelly was making the return to the cage after undergoing neck surgery last year. His previous fight was a decision defeat against Pat Sabatini in April 2021.
Bout 6: Gerald Meerschaert (34-14) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (23-5) (Middleweight)
Jotko Ends Meerschaert’s Winning Streak With Decision Win
Krzysztof Jotko had a solid three-round performance against Gerald Meerschaert for a unanimous decision win on Saturday night (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Jotko had a well-rounded performance against Meerschaert, having the better moments both in stand-up exchanges and on the ground.
Jotko is now on a two-fight winning streak. His previous performance was a split decision victory against Misha Cirkunov last year.
Meerschaert was coming off a highly successful 2021 that saw him score three consecutive wins via submission.
Bout 5: Alexandr Romanov (15-0) vs. Chase Sherman (15-9) (Heavyweight)
Undefeated Romanov Stops Sherman Early
Alexandr Romanov had a one-sided performance against Chase Sherman to end the prelims, submitting him in the first round with an americana.
Romanov scored two takedowns in the first round. He took full mount after the second one, using that position to unload with punches and then eventually land the submission to end the fight.
Romanov, an undefeated fighter, has now scored five wins since joining the UFC in 2020.
He called out former headliner Augusto Sakai in his post-fight interview.
Sherman took the fight on short notice, stepping in to replace Tanner Boser. The fight put Sherman back on the UFC roster, as he reportedly parted ways with the promotion after taking three consecutive losses before.
Bout 4: Daniel da Silva (11-2) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (12-4-1) (Flyweight)
Figueiredo Earns Early Submission Win
Francisco Figueiredo scored a quick submission win on Saturday night, catching Daniel da Silva early with a rare kneebar in just the second minute of their flyweight bout.
Figueiredo caught da Silva with the submission shortly after he was taken down. With the leg submission fully locked in, da Silva tapped out to end the fight.
Figueiredo is now back into the win column after suffering a loss to Malcolm Gordon last year. His UFC record has two wins and just one loss.
Da Silva is now winless through two UFC appearances. His promotional debut came last year, when he was stopped by strikes from Jeff Molina.
Bout 3: Yohan Lainesse (8-0) vs. Gabe Green (10-3) (Welterweight)
Green Finishes UFC Newcomer With Punches
Gabe Green spoiled the UFC debut of Yohan Lainesse on Saturday night, overcoming early adversity to pull off a second-round finish.
Green overwhelmed a visibly fatigued Lainesse with a series of punches in the second round, backing him up against the fence. A knockdown came for Green after he scored a clean right hook to the body. Ground and pound shots caused the bout to end shortly after.
Lainesse succeeded before the finish. He notably dropped Green in the second round with a strike, then attempted to submit him on the ground.
Lainesse earned a UFC contract on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” stopping then-undefeated fighter Justin Burlinson in the second minutes with punches.
Green was fighting for the first time in over a year. Green’s first UFC victory came in his previous appearance, defeating Philip Rowe via decision in February 2021.
Bout 2: Mike Breeden (10-4) vs. Natan Levy (6-1) (Lightweight)
Levy Earns Tough Decision Win Against Breeden
Natan Levy picked up his first UFC victory on Saturday night, prevailing in a close brawl against Mike Breeden via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27).
Levy succeeded in the first and second rounds of the fight, using a mix of submission attempts and striking on the feet to have the better moments against Breeden.
Breeden had some moments early in the third round once fatigue became a major factor in the fight. Levy regained moment late in a sloppy brawl, putting together punches that did damage to Breeden.
Levy, a “Contender Series” winner, took his first pro loss when he dropped his UFC debut against Rafa Garcia last year.
Breeden’s previous appearance was a short-notice fight against Alexander Hernandez. In that fight, Breeden was finished in the second minute with strikes.
Bout 1: Gina Mazany (7-5) vs. Shanna Young (7-4) (Flyweight)
Young Stops Mazany For First UFC Win
Shanna Young scored her first UFC victory on Saturday night, making a comeback to stop Gina Mazany in the second round with strikes.
Young took Mazany down in the second round and got on her back shortly after. Young unloaded with punches from mount, making Mazany cover up and eventually causing the bout to end.
Mazany had success on the feet earlier in the fight, unloading with flurries of strikes and backing Young up with takedown attempts in the first round. She notably connected with many knees to the head of Young in the opening round.
Young was moving up to flyweight after being unsuccessful in her two prior UFC bouts, losing to bantamweights in previous years.
Mazany was coming off a loss that she took last year against Priscila Cachoeira.
Taira vs. Candelario Off Card, Moved To May
The original opening bout for Saturday’s card ended up not happening.
A flyweight bout between UFC newcomers Tatsuro Taira and Carlos Candelario was removed from Saturday’s UFC card, per an announcement made just a couple of hours before the start of the show.
The flyweights were reportedly scrapped from the card due to Candelario suffering an illness. The fight has been moved to UFC’s May 14th event.
Taira, an undefeated MMA prospect with 10 wins, was making the move over to the UFC after seeing success on the regional scene in Japan.
Candelario was set to make his first UFC appearance following a performance on “Dana White’s Contender Series” last year.