UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera continues to fight for a smile.
Last week, the Ecuadorian fighter started a GoFundMe page, with help from his manager, in hopes to raise enough money to pay off a costly surgery for his 4-year-old daughter, Ana Paula.
“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,” Vera said.
Vera last fought on February at UFC Fight Night 84 in London, England against Davey Grant. Leading up to his fight with Grant, MMAFighting.com reported Vera’s desire to pay off Ana Paula’s surgery with his win bonus and maybe a Performance of the Night award. However, things didn’t go well for Vera in London as he lost a unanimous decision to Grant.
In that same article, it was also reported that in 2014 UFC president Dana White told Vera that Ana Paula’s situation would be “sorted out” by the UFC during Vera’s appearance as a cast member of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.
Although the UFC did fly out Vera’s family from Ecuador to Las Vegas and had Ana Paula evaluated by a doctor, nothing was done after that.
Almost two years later, Vera is still on a mission to see Ana Paula smile since her rare neurological condition impedes her from having any type of facial expression.
Notable UFC fighters like Fabricio Werdum, Carlos Condit, Derek Brunson and Bec Rawlings have decided to support Vera’s cause by sharing his GoFundMe page online.
“I’m very thankful for them because I asked them a favor and they’ve helped me with no problem, ….View full article
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