Sometimes we all need a little help.
For a bantamweight prospect competing in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) like Marlon Vera, it can be especially difficult when you’re fighting for pennies on the dollar.
“Chito” was a contestant on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America and has since gone 1-2 in the Octagon.
The Ecuadorian fighter has fallen on hardship outside of the cage as he looks to take care of his young daughter Ana Paula, who is battling a rare syndrome known as moebius, which limits her facial expressions and eye movement.
Vera, 23, started a GoFundMe page with the help of his manager and it has currently been shared by several of his UFC peers like heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and former interim welterweight titleholder Carlos Condit.
Vera opened up to MMA Fighting about his daughter’s costly surgery:
“It’s something I wanted to do so that people can unite and so I can count with the support of the people that follow me, the people that know my story that know that I want to fight for my family and that I fight to achieve my daughter’s surgery.”
As his GoFundMe campaign moves forward, on its way to a goal amount of $50,000, Vera will be moving — with his wife and two kids to follow — to San Diego, California, to train at Victory MMA. He expects to be fighting in June or July.
Source:: mma mania