Marlon Vera: ‘Big’ Petr Yan was too busy eating pizza to fight me

The way Chito Vera remembers, the UFC called him up to fight in Boston on August 13 against former bantamweight champion Petr Yan.

Hearing that name, Vera said he immediately agreed. But then there were unpleasant complications.

“Petr Yan, that fat ass, turned down the fight because he was eating pizza in Italy, and he said, ‘Oh, I don’t have time to put on weight or I don’t have time. no time to get ready’,” Yan said Monday on MMA hour. “If I’m so easy to make money, why don’t you just say, ‘Damn, I’ll finish my part and kick your ass.’ But he turned down the fight – he said he wanted to fight in November, October, so I was like, ‘You’re not that cool [wait] for you, mate. So I was like, I want some action. I want to fight. I want to make money. Let’s go. They said, ‘Well, he refused, you want to fight Dominick Cruz?’ I was like, sure, why not?

“Why am I going to lie? There are no lies. When you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. So yes, that’s what happened. It’s not shit talking. He just didn’t have time. He was on a short trip to Europe. Good for him, man. Good for him.”

Vera is now set to face ex-champ Cruz on Saturday at UFC San Diego, while Yan is set to meet Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 in his first fight since his bid to regain the title from the champ failed. Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273. Cruz isn’t a matchup Vera is mad at, though he admits the UFC commentator and fighter may be a slightly less appealing option.

“Equally equal,” Vera said of the comparison between Cruz and Yan. “There is no better, no less. Dominick is a little older, let’s be realistic. He probably won’t follow like Yan will.

“But it’s still a fight, man. You can break your little finger and you’re f*****. A cut can change a fight. So I don’t think it will be any easier. I’m f****** waking up every day thinking this is going to be the toughest, bloodiest fight of my life, but I think every guy does.

Before they were invited to meet in San Diego, Vera repeatedly targeted Cruz for the same reason as Yan, blaming him for not accepting her call. In return, Cruz highlighted his ranking and pointed out that his personal matchmaking decisions centered on higher ranked opponents and favorable dates for his preparation.

With a three-fight winning streak that included a knockout of former champ Frankie Edgar and a decision over top contender Rob Font, Vera got the bargaining chip he’d long been looking for against Cruz, edging out the ex. champion by three. places in the UFC top 15. In the MMA Fighting World Rankings, the gap is even bigger at four spots: Vera is No. 7 while Cruz is No. 11.

Either way, Vera finally gets the matchups he wants in order to win titles. If he beats Cruz on Saturday, it might not be long before he faces the winner of the upcoming fight between O’Malley and Yan at UFC 280.