The UFC Apex was rocking once again, as it played host to UFC Vegas 53. The entertaining card was headlined by a pivotal bantamweight scrap when Rob Font took on Chito Vera. The main event was an intense dog fight from the start, as both athletes put it all on the line in hopes of the win. Here’s how the evening unfolded in the fight capital of Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Vegas 53 Recap and Event Results
- Marlon Vera defeats Rob Font via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
- Andrei Arlovski defeats Jake Collier (13-7, 5-6 UFC) via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Joanderson Brito dispatches Andre Fili via TKO (0:40, 1st Round)
- Grant Dawson defeats Jared Gordon via Rear Naked Choke (4:11, 3rd Round)
- Darren Elkins defeats Tristan Connelly via Unanimous Decision (30-27)
- Krzysztof Jotko defeats Gerald Meerschaert via unanimous decision (30-27)
- Shanna Young beats Gina Mazany via TKO (3:11, 2nd round)
- Nathan Levy defeats Mike Breeden via Unanimous Decision
- Gabe Green defeats Yohan Lainesse via TKO (4:02, 2nd round)
- Francisco Figueiredo defeats Daniel Da Silva via Kneebar (1:18, 1st round)
- Alexander Romanov defeats Chase Sherman via Americana (2:11, 1st round)
Marlon Vera (21-7-1, 13-6 UFC) vs. Rob Font (19-6, 9-5 UFC)
Rob Font came out on fire, as he punished Vera from the get-go. Font continued to display beautiful hands, he landed some great punches and knees. ‘Chito’ landed a clean body kick to end the round.
Font’s speed continued to play a factor early in the second. ‘Chito’ started landing some kicks at a distance, but his opponent quickly adjusted with great defense. Vera ended the round dropping Font and smashing him with some ground and pound.
The third opened up a little slower when both fighters took a few minutes to catch their breath. Font worked his jab to perfection to keep ‘Chito’ at bay. Vera ended the round with a knee from hell that put Font on skates. Vera rained down shots as the horn sounded.
Rob Font began the fourth with a display of boxing until he caught another elbow from Vera. The elbow sliced Font but didn’t slow him down. Vera landed an impressive spinning heel kick that dropped his opponent but failed to follow up with any kind of damage. Rob Font survived the round, but just barely.
Font came out in the fifth looking unrecognizable due to cuts and swelling. Despite the damage taken, he came out strong in the final frame. He landed a great elbow, that had ‘Chito’s’ attention. Vera took control of the scrap in the last half of the round. He landed kicks, and jabs that kept the incredibly tough Font at bay. Marlon Vera ended the bout by showboating. It was an incredible fight that went the distance, with ‘Chito’ being awarded the victory.
Andrei Arlovski (34-20, 23-14 UFC) vs. Jake Collier (13-7, 5-6 UFC)
Collier showed his speed advantage throughout the first as he continued to find a home with his right hand. Arlovski got cut with a brutal elbow from his opponent, but showed his toughness and marched on. A clash of heads appeared to impair both fighters.
Great takedown defense was shown by Arlovski in the second round, as he stuffed takedown attempt after attempt from Collier. Great round from the veteran, as both fighters ended it swinging.
Collier came out swinging in the third round, but again the two clashed heads. The headbutt injured both fighters, and they were forced to take a break. Arlovski and Collier continued to smash heads throughout the final round, as they led with their heads. The closely contested fight ends with Collier pressuring Arlovski. However, the veteran Andrei Arlovski would garner the decision victory.
Joanderson Brito (13-3-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Fili (21-9, 9-8-1 UFC)
Joanderson Brito began immediately with some heavy leg kicks, that opened up some room for his hands. He landed a jab, followed by a big right hand that put Fili down. Joanderson ended the fight with some brutal ground and pound to secure the electric finish.
Grant Dawson (18-1-1, 6-1-1 UFC) vs. Jared Gordon (18-5, 6-4 UFC)
Grant Dawson opened up with some fast hands, and fancy spins, but Gordon wasn’t biting, he gave Dawson a taste of his power, which initiated a takedown. Grant Dawson spent the final half of the round backpacking Gordon, as he landed some shots to end the first.
Both came out in the second swinging before Dawson was able to get it to the ground once again. He spent the majority of the round on the ground, with Gordon easily secured in his vice-grip-like body lock. Jared had some success with his strikes before Dawson once again secured the takedown.
Gordon once again found success with his striking, as he was able to keep things standing next round. Both fighters are tired with just a couple of minutes left in the tilt. Grant Dawson finally gets the third-round takedown, which leads to the rear-naked choke victory.
Darren Elkins (27-10, 17-9 UFC) vs. Tristan Connelly (14-8, 1-2 UFC)
Darren Elkins opened up with a couple of big right hands which led to the takedown. He then spent some time on top of Connelly, before Connelly was able to get up. Elkins almost immediately had the fight back to the ground but ate some damaging elbows from Connelly on the bottom. Both men were slightly busted up as the first round ended on the feet.
Connelly started the second round strong when he was able to land some great kicks. Elkins was relentless with pressure, as he got Connelly down once again. Elkins’ opponent was able to get back to his feet where he would go on to land some heavy shots to end the round.
Connelly was able to land some nasty elbows early in the third round. Sharp elbows that ripped the already scarred skin of Elkins. Connelly continued to inflict damage on his opponent, but Elkins once again got things to the ground. ‘The Damage’ ends the fight with a submission attempt, but Connelly shows impressive defense to survive.
Krzysztof Jotko (24-5, 11-5 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (34-15, 9-7 UFC)
The main card kicked off with an intense middleweight bout, as Jotko and Meerschaert were both looking to climb into the rankings. Both men came out landing shots, with Jotko getting the better of most exchanges. Jotko repeatedly found a home for the right hook, followed by the left. The combination rocked Meerschaert a few times, but the veteran was able to recover and finish the round.
Meerschaert was able to close the distance early in the second round but was unable to complete an attempted take-down. More of the same from him, as the majority of the round Meerschaert spent against the cage, which nullified Jotko’s dangerous striking. Jotko spent the final minute of the round on top of Meerschaert, which easily could have won him the round.
Meerschaert hurt Jotko early in the third with a body shot, but Meerschaert’s opponent was credited with a takedown. Jotko’s defense was outstanding, as he nullified the majority of Meerschaert’s takedowns. The final couple minutes of the fight was spent on the ground, with Jotko on top once again. He defeated Meerschaert via decision.
The fight of the night went to ‘Chito’ Vera and Rob Font for their efforts in the five-round war. Two Brazilian fighters are also $50,000 richer, as Joanderson Brito and Francisco Figueiredo were awarded performance bonuses for their fight-ending finishes.
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