Jose Aldo is slightly favored against Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal on Saturday, December 19 in Las Vegas Nevada. This event is one of six fights on the main card on ESPN+. Aldo is 28-7 in his career, while Vera is 16-6-1 in his career. There are a total of six fights on the main card on UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal, with the headliner a bout between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal. There are also a total of eight fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Aldo and Vera and UFC picks.
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Jose Aldo (28-7, 10-6 UFC)
Aldo came into the UFC with a record of 18-1 and he has 10 wins and six losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has two wins and four losses. He defeated Jeremy Stephens by TKO and Renato Moicano by TKO; while losing to Max Holloway by TKO, Alexander Volkanovski by unanimous decision, Marlon Moraes by split decision, and Petr Yan by TKO.
Aldo has been a pro since 2004 and he has 17 wins by TKO/KO and one by submission. He has 12 first round finishes.
Marlon Vera (16-6-1, 10-5 UFC)
Vera came into the UFC with a record of 6-1-1 and he has 10 wins and five losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has five wins and one loss. He defeated Guido Cannetti by rear-naked choke submission, Frankie Saenz by TKO, Nohelin Hernandez by rear-naked choke submission, Andre Ewell by TKO, and Sean O'Malley by TKO; while losing to Song Yadong by unanimous decision. Vera has been a pro since 2012 and he has six wins by TKO/KO and eight by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Vera said this to tmz.com about his upcoming fight against Aldo, "(Aldo's) definitely a killer. He's definitely a tough fighter, but of course, I definitely believe his time has passed. I'm the guy that is coming; I'm the newcomer, so this is my time to prove."
Strikes landed per minute: Aldo 3.48/ Vera 3.70
Striking Accuracy: Aldo 44% / Vera 48%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Aldo 3.55/ Vera 4.05
Defense: Aldo 62% / Vera 52%
Takedown average: Aldo 0.60/ Vera 0.86
Takedown Accuracy: Aldo 61% / Vera 42%
Takedowns defended: Aldo 90% / Vera 69%
Submission average: Aldo 0.1/ Vera 1.2
Is Aldo really washed up and no longer a factor in the UFC? Some people think that is the case but it is worth remembering that Aldo is just 34 years old. He has struggled of late, but I don’t know that his losses to Volkanovski, Moraes and Yan were that bad. Vera has won most of his fights of late, but he has not fought the level of fighters that Aldo has. I expect Aldo to show everyone he still has what it takes and get this win over Vera.
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal Card & Odds
Welterweight - Geoff Neal -114 vs. Stephen Thompson -110
Heavyweight - Greg Hardy -127 vs. Marcin Tybura +103
Bantamweight - Rob Font +123 vs. Marlon Moraes -147
Bantamweight - Marlon Vera +117 vs. Jose Aldo -141
Welterweight - Khaos Williams -102 vs. Michel Pereira -122
Catchweight (195) - Deron Winn +127 vs. Antonio Arroyo -152
Women's Bantamweight - Pannie Kianzad +134 vs. Sijara Eubanks -162
Bantamweight - Aiemanna Zahabi +158 vs. Drako Rodriguez -191
Middleweight - Jamie Pickett +235 vs. Tafon Nchukwi -293
Lightweight - Carlton Minus +257 vs. Rick Glenn -323
Welterweight - Alex Morono +191 vs Anthony Pettis -235
Flyweight - Cody Durden +127 vs. Jimmy Flick -152
Women's Flyweight - Gillian Robertson -107 vs. Taila Santos -117
Middleweight - Karl Roberson -255 vs. Dalcha Lungiambula +207
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