In a battle of bantamweights, ecuadorian “Chito” Vera meets veteran Frankie Saenz. Vera last finished Guido Canneti, while Saenz decisioned Enrique Briones. This is not a difficult fight to break down. Vera, 26, is 12 years younger than Saenz. He is a notoriusly slow starter, which has hurt him in the past, but he also has the uncanny ability to change fights in a split second finding ways to hurt his opponents suddenly and finishing them. He is a more dangerous striker than his number of knockouts suggests and has good submission abilities. Saenz is far from Vera as a finisher but he is the better wrestler here.
How does the fight play out? Saenz has a clear path to victory via wrestling. Vera has been taken down by all his opponents in the UFC and he could use Vera´s usual slow start to grind a decision win on the scorecards. However, I think Vera is going to eventually find an opening and finish the veteran Saenz as he has done to many opponents, even if he gets taken down repeatedly in the opening round. The pick here is Marlon Vera to win inside the distance.