UFC Florida: Song Yadong Slips by Marlon Vera

Song Yadong remains undefeated in the UFC, but his bout tonight with Marlon Vera could have gone to the latter.

Song Yadong moved his UFC record to 5-0-1 tonight at UFC Florida, but the rising featherweight had his hands full, big time, with Marlon Vera.

Round one

Vera came with some leg kicks early, and Yadong looked to land heavy punches. Yadong also started firing kicks. Mid round, Yadong clinched up as Vera rushed in, but they broke apart soon after. Vera started pressuring more as the round neared its end and in the final minute, Yadong pushed him to the cage. Vera cracked Yadong with a nice elbow from the clinch and landed some knees to the body.

Round two

Vera stayed busy with kicks early in round two and Yadong continued to chuck his hard right. A couple of minutes in, Vera scored with a nice flurry and looked to clinch. Yadong planted a nice jab and followed up with a couple of thumping rights. Yadong planted a hard left hook not long after but Vera continued to move forward. Later in the round, Vera countered Yadong nicely with a knee, and the two proceeded to trade various shots in the pocket. Vera dug to Yadong’s body with a nice left to the body. Great action.

Round three

Vera charged across the cage but ate a left. Moments later, Vera swept Yadong to the floor with a nice trip. Vera scored with a couple of punches from the top, but Yadong got back to his feet. Yadong stayed busy with punches, and tagged Vera with a hard left mid round. Moments later, Yadong fired in another hard right that Vera took. The latter scored with shots of his own, and the two continued to trade shots. Late in the round, Vera took Yadong to the mat again with another stop. Yadong quickly got back to his feet by he took a big left. Yadong tried shooting in but Vera countered and wound up on top. Right before the final horn, Vera tried a cartwheel kick. Outstanding fight, but Vera will likely take it.

Yadong gets the nod, two rounds to one.

Here are the results so far for UFC Florida, which is going down in Jacksonville.

Song Yadong def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Miguel Baeza def. Matt Brown via KO (punch) R2, 0:18
Kevin Holland def. Anthony Hernandez via TKO (knee & punches) R1, 0:39
Giga Chikadze def. Irwin Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella via submission (armbar) R1, 3:36
Rodrigo Nascimento def. Don’Tale Mayes via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:05


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