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This month, Ecuador's mixed martial arts (MMA) may make history. If Emiliano Linares achieves a carat victory in the Dana White's Contender Series


This month, Ecuador’s mixed martial arts (MMA) may make history. If Emiliano Linares achieves a carat victory in the Dana White’s Contender Series series and if Carlos Vera does the same in a fight of the FURY Fighting Championship (Fury FC) promotion, Guayaquil and Manta, respectively, will have their first representative in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Linares will fight for a place on the UFC roster by facing Australian Jack Jenkins on Tuesday, September 27 for the tenth and final week of Season 6 of the Contender Series, in Las Vegas (Nevada). Three days before, Vera will face the American Isaiah Gutierrez on the Fury FC 69 card, in Dallas (Texas).

With the novelty of Stay Vera, which was announced this Monday by MMA Junkie from USA Today, Linares will not be alone on the contact sports grid agreed for September and will not be the only Ecuadorian fighting for a UFC contract.

According to MMA Junkie, Vera returns to the Fury FC cage on September 23 “for what could be his catapulting fight” to the UFC.

“This month, five fighters on the verge of achieving major promotional notoriety, one for the second time, return to the cage for what could be their springboard fight. There are dozens of fighters close to making the leap in the next few weeks, but these five are particularly exemplary,” says the MMA Junkie note.

In addition to the Ecuadorian Vera, the Bosnian Haris Talundzic, the Brazilian Jaqueline Amorim and the Americans Nate Ghareeb and Juan Puerta are outlined for the possible call of the UFC this month.

Vera, born and raised in Manta but initially based in New Orleans, Louisiana, has a professional record of 11 wins and 3 losses. He has been successful in his three presentations in the octagon of Fury FC: on September 5, 2021 he defeated Cody Freeman by unanimous decision in the Fury 50 show, on December 19 of the same year he beat Peter Caballero in the same way in Fury 55, and on April 24, 2022, he defeated Kale Moniz by guillotine on the Fury 60 card. The tricolor bantamweight will arrive in Dallas with a perfect streak. (D)