It didn’t take long for Marlon Vera and Merab Dvalishvili to get back to Cory Sandhagen after he called them out after his UFC Vegas 60 victory.
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Following his fourth-round TKO victory over Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 60 on Saturday, Sandhagen called out both men. Vera actually responded to Sandhagen shortly after the fight’s conclusion while watching the action from cageside at the UFC Apex.
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Vera told the UFC’s social media team, “If he wants it, he can get it. “I’m not shying away from any fight. I’m a fighter, I’ll fight anybody, I want to be a world champion. If I want to get there and get the belt, I don’t run away from no one. If he wants it, he can get it — or, I don’t know, whatever the f*** the UFC wants. I’m ready to go right now.”
Vera last competed in August, defeating Dominick Cruz in a highlight-reel knockout. The 29-year-old Ecuadorian native has won four straight UFC fights, including decisive victories over Rob Font and Frankie Edgar. He would be delighted to add Sandhagen to that list.
Vera praised the main event of UFC Vegas 60, saying, “It was a fun fight.” “I’m impressed by anybody — that’s how I push myself. Everybody in the UFC is a hard fight. I’m a hard worker. Anybody can win at this level, so like Mac Miller says, I don’t f****** trip, I’m ready to go.”
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The 30-year-old Sandhagen is currently ranked No. 4 in the world at bantamweight by MMA Fighting, followed by Vera at No. 7 and Dvalishvili at No. 5.
For Sandhagen, Saturday’s victory was crucial. After a bloody and back-and-forth battle, the fight was stopped by the doctor, ending Sandhagen’s two-fight losing streak after decision losses to former UFC champions Petr Yan and T.J. Dillashaw in 2021. The American started the fight with a horrific cut above Song’s eye.
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Dvalishvili was also quick to respond to the other name that Sandhagen had targeted.
Dvalishvili tweeted on Saturday, “My response is yes, of course. Let’s go.”