Current rankings @ Bantamweight
When is Sterling vs Vera?
Aljamain Sterling could potentially face the challenge of Marlon Vera, in Summer 2024.
The fight would take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which means the weight limit would be 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Sterling vs Vera stats
Aljamain Sterling would step into the octagon with a record of 23 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Marlon Vera would make his way to the cage with a record of 21 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggest Vera would have a large advantage in power over Sterling, boosting at 38% knock out percentage over Sterling's 13%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Vera would have a slight advantage over Sterling, with a 38% submission rate over Sterling's 35%.
Aljamain Sterling is the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Vera has a height advantage of 1 inch over Sterling. Despite this, he has 1-inch reach advantage.
Sterling is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2011, 1 month earlier than Vera, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He has fought 3 less professional rounds, 73 to Vera's 76.
Sterling vs Vera form
Sterling has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight, he lost to Sean O’Malley at UFC 292 on 19th August 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at TD Garden, Boston, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Henry Cejudo at UFC 288 on 6th May 2023 by split decision in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at Prudential Center, Newark.
Going into that contest, he had beat T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had defeated Petr Yan at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by split decision in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
He had won against Petr Yan at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by split decision in the 4th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Vera has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Pedro Munhoz at UFC 292 on 19th August 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at TD Garden, Boston, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night San Antonio on 25th March 2023 by split decision in their 5 round contest at AT&T Center, San Antonio.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. Cruz on 13th August 2022 by knockout in the 4th round at Pechanga Arena, San Diego.
Before that, he had beat Rob Font at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera on 30th April 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had won against Frankie Edgar at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
In terms of recent activity, Marlon Vera has been fighting more than Aljamain Sterling.
Aljamain Sterling last fought 3 months and 3 days ago, while Marlon Vera's last outing was 3 months and 3 days ago.
Sterling's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 16 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Vera's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years and 16 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Sterling vs Vera?
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