The UFC Vegas 53 event took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and we have details of both highlights and results.

Rob Font and Marlon Vera, both top-10 bantamweights, fought in the main event in a battle poised to go down as a contender for the biggest fights of the year. Font was fined 20% of his fight money for missing weight, but the fight went on as planned. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski met Jake Collier in the co-main event.

Highlights from the Preliminary Card

Shanna Young defeats Gina Mazany

In the evening’s first event, Shanna Young won her maiden UFC fight via TKO over Gina Mazany in the women’s flyweight division.

Gabe Green defeats Yohan Lainesse

In the second round, Gabe Green defeated Yohan Lainesse via TKO in their welterweight bout.

Daniel Da Silva is defeated by Francisco Figueiredo

Francisco Figueredo beat fellow Brazilian Daniel Da Silva through first-round kneebar submission in their flyweight bout.

Chase Sherman loses to Alexandr Romanov

Alexandr Romanov of Moldova defeated Chase Sherman of the United States by submission in their heavyweight battle.

Highlights from the Main Card

Gerald Meerschaert is defeated by Krzysztof Jotko

Krzysztof Jotko won a decision over Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight contest to start the main show. Jotko dominated on the feet in round one, shaking Meerschaert and landing combinations. Both men were knocked out in round two, with Jotko getting the best of the striking. Jotko dominated Meerschaert on the ground in round three, landing two takedowns.

Darren Elkins defeats Tristan Connelly

Darren Elkins defeated Tristan Connelly by unanimous decision in their featherweight bout. In round one, Elkins dominated on the ground, attempting many submissions and landing ground and pound. Elkins landed another takedown in round two, but Connelly was able to recover. Elkins secured a takedown and tried a rear-naked choke in the third round, after which both men traded hard strikes.

Jared Gordon loses to Grant Dawson

In this lightweight match, Grant Dawson defeated Jared Gordon by late submission. In round one, Dawson had the upper hand, trapping Gordon in a body triangle for most of the round. On the ground, Dawson continued to dominate Gordon in round two. Dawson doggedly followed Gordon in round three, landing another takedown, taking Gordon’s back, and securing a rear-naked choke.

Jake Collier loses to Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski defeated Jake Collier by split decision in a dramatic, back-and-forth heavyweight battle in the evening’s co-main event. Collier had the upper hand on the feet in the first round. Both men had success striking in round two, but Collier came out on top. Both men unleashed vicious blows and kicks after a break for a headbutt in round three.

Rob Font loses to Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera defeated Rob Font by unanimous call in one of the year’s biggest fights in the evening’s main event.

The first round was held on the feet, with Font having the upper hand. In round two, both boxers proceeded to put on a show, with Vera sending Font to the mat and nearly finishing him late in the round. Font fought back in round three to gain the upper hand on the feet, but a massive knee from Vera knocked him down and he was nearly finished.

Font was pushed to the canvas again in round four by Vera’s huge head kick, but he recovered to finish the round. Font recovered in round five and matched Vera on the feet, but the Ecuadorian hit another head kick late in the round that stunned Font.

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