Marlon “Chito” Vera has lined up his next opponent…
The 30-year-old Ecuadorian professional mixed martial artist will face Cory Sandhagen in the main event of UFC Fight Night on February 18 in Las Vegas, the UFC has announced.
Vera and Sandhagen, two of the best bantamweights in the world will meet with a title shot on the line.
Sources tell ESPN that bout agreements have been sent out and both sides are set to sign them shortly.
ESPN has Vera ranked No. 3 and Sandhagen at No. 6 in its divisional rankings.
Vera (20-7-1) has won four straight, most recently a head-kick knockout win over former champion Dominick Cruz. He has not lost a fight since December 2020 against legend Jose Aldo. Vera has won 10 of his past 12 fights overall.
Sandhagen (15-4) is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Song Yadong in September. The Colorado-based fighter snapped a two-fight losing streak with that victory. Sandhagen, 30, has won eight of his 11 fights in the UFC.