The Sugar Show hype train went off the rails on Saturday night at UFC 252, with heavy underdog Marlon Vera knocking out “Sugar” Sean O’Malley in the first round via TKO. Sadly, that wasn’t the FOTN contender we were all hoping for. Instead, O’Malley’s leg started to malfunction halfway through the round in the same way he did his 2018 fight with Andre Soukhamthath. But unlike Andre, Marlon had more than enough killer instinct to quickly finish off his injured prey.
“I consider myself a very good kicker, I threw a lot of kicks during the day,” Vera said after the fight. “Now I put that together, my boxing and everything. Now, watching the video, I threw a hard calf kick and after I threw the calf kick her nerves… it happens. He kicked me really hard in the leg, but my shin is just stronger than his.
After the fight, “Chito” Vera took some time in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan to thank him for all the motivation over the years.
“Like I always say, hype, big name, fame, none of that matters if you don’t do hard work and dedication,” Vera told Rogan. “You are the perfect example. I learned that from you when you speak on your podcast, the things you say about “Push Yourself” and “Don’t be a Bitch”, “Conquer Your Inner Bitch”. All of that f ** king stuff, Joe, you’re doing a great level to another stage. So thank you for that.
This isn’t the first time Vera has grown up with Rogan. After his win at UFC 239, he began his cage interview with the now infamous Nick Diaz scream heard at the start of every Joe Rogan experience: “Train by day, Joe Rogan podcast at night … all day long. day! “
Vera developed her enjoyment of the podcast during the UFC 252 post-fight press conference.
“I think Joe Rogan blew me up pretty well, the way he talks about inspiration, motivation, hard work, stuff like that,” he explained. “This is something that I really admire from him. He seems to be a solid guy. When he talks about things like that, he’s a pretty good motivator, as he says, “Conquer your inner bitch, push yourself. And I remember a long time ago they were talking about the immigrant mentality and I get that pretty well because it’s me right there, it’s the sense of being myself.
“I come from a small town in Ecuador, I move my whole family to California, I buy a house and I keep trying to make my dreams come true and keep my family safe and happy. These things are who I am. I am an immigrant and I am someone who came to this country to profit for the good, not for the bad. And work hard. Working hard will always pay off. “
As to whether he planned to ask Rogan to be on the podcast?
“It’s something I’ll never do,” Vera replied. “Everyone asks for it, everyone wants to be there because everyone wants to be famous. I’m not the type of person to run after that sort of thing. If he ever invites me, that would be a pleasure, I would love to. But I’m not a person who asks for that sort of thing. It’s pretty silly when people try like that. When you want things, they will come to you. ”