The Ultimate Fighter 31 Cast Breakdown: The Newcomers

Carlos Vera, 35, Ecuador/Falls Church, Virginia, US, 12-3


  • Heavy leg kicks
  • Submission threat
  • Good off his back
  • Good footwork
  • Diverse kicking attack
  • Good Jiu-Jitsu
  • Scrambles well
  • Good cardio


  • TDD needs work
  • Loose in grappling positions
  • Throws a lot of wasted motion
  • Throws blind kicks

Vera is an odd choice to bring onto The Ultimate Fighter 31. For a prospect and being 35 that’s pushing it. In fact, he’s older than six of the eight returning UFC fighters.

Vera is an unorthodox fighter to deal with but from a technical standpoint, he’s not great. He has an awkward striking style and will just throw a lot of kicks and nothing with his hands. You can definitely tell he trains with Ryan Hall. Vera is a good grappler but more so in scrambles and flash submissions. Defensive grappling is better than his offensive grappling. I can’t see Vera doing too well on the show.