Dominick Cruz is a two-time bantamweight champion who fights No. 5, Marlon Vera, at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. This fight is part of his journey to get another shot at the title.
After losing his title to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 and trying to get it back from Henry Cejudo at UFC 249, Cruz got back on track by beating Casey Kenney and Pedro Munhoz in back-to-back fights. Also, Cruz is currently ranked No. 8 in the bantamweight division. If he wins Vera, he will be closer to his goal.
In August 2020, Vera was the first person to win a fight against Sean O’Malley, who was a rising star. Since then, Vera has won three of his last four fights, including two against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and another contender at 135 pounds, Rob Font.
However, if Cruz or Vera wins, they move one step closer to getting a fight with the winner of the UFC 280 title fight between champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion TJ Dillashaw.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dominick Cruz vs. Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night.
DATE AND TIME OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT
Date: Saturday, August 13
Main event: 7 p.m. ET/Midnight BST
About 9:30 p.m. ET/2:30 a.m. BST is when the main event cagewalks.
The fight will occur in San Diego, California, at the Pechanga Arena.
DOMINICK CRUZ RECORD AND BIO
Born: September 3, 1985
Height: 5′ 8″
Total Fights: 27
MARLON VERA RECORD AND BIO
Born: December 2, 1992
Height: 5′ 8″
Total Fights: 27
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FIGHT CARD
Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz; Bantamweights
Angela Hill vs. Lupita Godinez; Catchweight (120 lbs)
Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama; Featherweights
Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov; Light Heavyweights
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes; Women’s Flyweight
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bruno Silva; Middleweights
Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz: Fight card, odds
Marlon Vera is about to fight for the UFC bantamweight title for the first time, and also Dominick Cruz will climb to the top of the mountain for the fourth time. When OKBet UFC Fight Night comes to San Diego, California, on Saturday night, Vera vs.
Vera (19-7-1) wants the throne and doesn’t want to lose to another former champion. Fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) liked “Chito” because he didn’t mess around and went for the kill. In 2020, Sean O’Malley’s brash charm went well with this cold-blooded personality. Therefore, Vera got a big fight against Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight champion and legend after he knocked out O’Malley in the first round. Also, Vera didn’t win that night, but he’s gotten back on track with great fights against Davey Grant, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font. Vera goes into the fight with Cruz full of confidence and with the same way of thinking that has helped him so far.
Cruz is always coming back (24–3). On Saturday night, the first UFC bantamweight champion will fight in front of his home crowd for the first time since 2009. Most people thought the veteran had retired in 2016 because of injuries, but he came back in 2020 to challenge Henry Cejudo for the title. Also, Cruz has looked good enough to compete in an extreme division. Cruz thinks he can get back in the running for the title after beating Casey Kenney and Pedro Munhoz. The OKBet guide to reading sports betting odds has a complete list of the odds for each type of boxing bet.