The UFC returned Saturday night with UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera.
The event took place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, airing live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Rob Font and Marlon Vera put on a show for five rounds in the bantamweight division, with Vera scoring the decision. Font was left with a bloody face after taking an incredible amount of damage, including a nasty kick to the face in the final moments.
For Vera, the victory marked his third straight and 19th overall.
With his split decision win in the co-main event, Andrei Arlovski tied Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone for the most wins in UFC history. Arlovski, a former heavyweight champion, has won 23 matches inside the Octagon.
Joanderson Brito made quite the, finishing Andre Fili in just 41 seconds for his first win inside the Octagon. The Brazilian stormed the gates, buzzing Fili for his 13th career win.
Grant Dawson showed why he is one of the rising contenders, earning a late submission win over Jared Gordon. Dawson dominated early, survived an offensive attack by Gordon and locked in the finish for his 18th win and sixth since joining the UFC.
Veteran Darren Elkins earned a one-sided decision over Tristan Connelly. While Connelly showed plenty of heart, Elkins controlled the fight.
To open the main card, Krzysztof Jotko bested Gerald Meerschaert. The middleweight picked up the 24th win of his career and second straight, improving to 5-1 over his last six.
On the prelims, Alexander Romanov, Francisco Figueiredo, Gabriel Green and Shanna Young won by finish, with Natan Levy picking up a decision victory.
Romanov submitted Chase Sherman in the heavyweight division. He locked up a keylock in the first round.
Figueiredo also earned a first round submission, securing his win in the flyweight ranks over Daniel Lacerda. Green stopped Yohan Lainesse at welterweight in the second.
Levy bested Mike Breeden in the lightweight ranks and Young finished Gina Mazany at women’s flyweight.
UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera Results
Marlon Vera def. Rob Font via unanimous decision
Andrei Arlovski def. Jake Collier via split decision
Joanderson Brito def. Andre Fili via TKO (strikes) at :41 of Round 1
Grant Dawson def. Jared Gordon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:11
Darren Elkins def. Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision
Krzysztof Jotko def. Gerald Meerschaert via unanimous decision
Alexander Romanov def. Chase Sherman via submission (keylock) at 2:11 of Round 1
Francis Figueiredo def. Daniel Lacerda via submission (kneebar) at 1:18 of Round 1
Gabriel Green def. Yohan Lainesse via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 2
Natan Levy def. Mike Breeden via unanimous decision
Shanna Young def. Gina Mazany via TKO (strikes) at 3:11 of Round 2