Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Aldo vs Vera?
Jose Aldo beat Marlon Vera by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC Vegas 17, on Saturday 19th December 2020 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Jose Aldo.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Aldo vs Vera stats
Jose Aldo stepped into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Marlon Vera made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 6 loses and 1 draw, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Aldo had a large advantage in power over Vera, boasting at 61% knock out percentage over Vera's 38%.
Jose Aldo was the older man by 6 years, at 35 years old.
Vera had a height advantage of 1 inch over Aldo. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Aldo was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2004, 6 years and 10 months earlier than Vera, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 38 more professional rounds, 102 to Vera's 64.
Aldo vs Vera form
Jose Aldo had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Petr Yan at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by knockout in the 5th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 on 14th December 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before that, he had beat Renato Moicano at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on 2nd February 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste, Fortaleza.
He had won against Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 on 28th July 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada.
Vera had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Sean O’Malley at UFC 252 on 15th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Yadong Song at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 16th May 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Guido Cannetti at UFC Fight Night 140 on 17th November 2018 by submission in the 2nd round at Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Before that, he had lost to Douglas Andrade at UFC Fight Night 125 on 3rd February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mangueirinho Gymnasium, Belem, Brazil.
He had been beaten by John Lineker at UFC Fight Night 119 on 28th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jose Aldo had been fighting more than Marlon Vera.
Going to this contest, Jose Aldo had last fought 1 year, 10 months and 9 days ago, while Marlon Vera's last outing had been 1 year, 9 months and 5 days ago.
Aldo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Vera's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.