Taking main event honors at the UFC Apex facility, a bantamweight pairing between the #5 ranked contender, Rob Font, and the surging #8 rated challenger, Marlon Vera.
In his most recent outing, Font dropped a rather one-sided unanimous decision loss to former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC Vegas 44 back in December of last year.
In the month prior at Madison Square Garden, Ecuador native, Vera landed arguably the most high-profile victory of his professional career with a third round front kick knockout win over former lightweight titleholder, Frankie Edgar on the main card of UFC 268.
For tonight’s main event bout, Font tipped the bantamweight scales at 138.5lbs, tipping the divisional scales by 2.5 pounds, resulting in a catchweight main event against RVCA staple, Vera.
UFC Vegas 53: Font vs. Vera – Results
UFC Vegas 53 Main Card Results: (ESPN+/ESPN 7 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Marlon Vera def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Jake Collier via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Featherweight: Joanderson Brito def. Andre Fili via first round (0:40) TKO (strikes)
Lightweight: Grant Dawson def. Jared Gordon via third round (4:11) submission (rear-naked choke)
Featherweight: Darren Elkins def. Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko def. Gerald Meerschaert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Vegas 53 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN2/ESPN 4 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov def. Chase Sherman via first round (2:11) submission (americana)
Flyweight: Francisco Figueiredo def. Daniel Lacerda via first round (1:18) submission (kneebar)
Welterweight: Gabriel Green def. Yohan Lainesse via second round (4:02) TKO (strikes)
Lightweight: Natan Levy def. Mike Breeden via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Flyweight: Shanna Young def. Gina Mazany via second round (3:11) TKO (strikes)