Michael Bisping: Marlon Vera is a slow starter by nature, and that really cost him
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Michael Bisping commented on the match between Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen. The fight between Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Vera ended in a split-decision victory for Sandhagen. Bisping believes that Vera's biggest problem is that he entered the match slowly.
“Marlon Vera took his time just like always,” Bisping said, as quoted by MMA Junkie. “He is a slow starter by nature, and that really cost him tonight. Listen, I’m not taking away from Sandhagen. Sandhagen was sensational, certainly at the start.
He forced the takedowns at the beginning, always got a smart game plan. He’s a very sophisticated fighter, sophisticated striker, did fantastic work, put it on ‘Chito’ right from the beginning. (Jason) Parillo was imploring Marlon, ‘Come on, you can’t go two rounds down’ and then he played catchup”.
Michael Bisping on Marlon Vera
Marlon Vera didn't want to give up a single moment, but it seemed that he decided too late to speed up his pace. Maybe if he had taken a different approach from the very beginning, the victory would not have been in doubt.
“The first two rounds, Sandhagen got really far ahead,” Bisping said. “I think he was something like 120 strikes to 30 or something like that, and that’s what cost him the fight. Marlon just took his time.
Parillo was like, ‘What is wrong with you? Is everything OK? Is there an issue? Something I need to know about?’ Marlon afterward said he was very flat. In the third round, he came alive. Certainly started to put more pressure on, started to land some shots, and I love ‘Chito.’ He’s a good friend of mine, but he actually started to fight.
Didn’t fight in Rounds 1 and 2. Round 4 did better, Round 5 did better, but it was too little too late. Sandhagen, you can’t do that. You can’t allow someone like that to get that kind of advantage. He moves so well, he overloads you with information.
He’s constantly switching stances, throwing varied attacks, beautiful shots, beautiful jabs, fantastic uppercuts”.