Three weeks ago, Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the entity known worldwide by the acronym UFC), made an announcement that had been expected for several months: Marlon Chito Vera will fight for the UFC bantamweight title against Sean O’Malley in March 2024.

White confirmed the end of the fight that could crown Manabi with a video posted on his social networks.

But that momentous UFC night could increase its importance for Ecuador if another tricolor, Michael Morales, takes part in it. This Tuesday, a person very close to the environment, a native of Pasay (El Oro), confirmed for EL UNIVERSO that in the program in which Chito Vera will face the American O’Malley “it could be a sensational event for the Ecuadorians”, because they are working “to have Michael (Morales) fight in one of the preliminary fights.”

The newspaper’s source asked that his identity remain confidential, but explained that the intention to add Morales is being discussed with Dan (White). “We hope that something concrete can be reported in the coming days. For now, it’s a possibility that will surely delight everyone in Ecuador. “Imagining two Ecuadorian fighters on such an important UFC day is really exciting,” he added.

‘Ecuador is hot’

On November 19, in a fight in which he showed confidence and violence, Michael Morales defeated Australian Jake Mathews by unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 82. The Tricolor remained undefeated 16-0 at the professional level.

The 24-year-old native picked up his fourth consecutive UFC victory, an aspect that will allow him to be within ranking companies for the welterweight (170 pounds) division.

“I felt good, I fell twice but I felt comfortable and now I hope to be in top and if they give me a chance to fight, I would like to share the fight with them Chito and let him win his title. I am very happy. I send greetings to all my people, Ecuador is great,” Morales said after his victory over Mathews. (D)