In his quest to get a title shot, Marlon Vera faced former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, in the headlining bout of UFC on ESPN 41.
UFC San Diego: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
Cruz opens with a head kick and follow up punches. Cruz with relentless pressure connecting with combinations. Nice right hand by Cruz. Nice low kick by Cruz. Cruz turns and throws Vera down. Huge left from Vera puts Cruz down. Cruz rushes back up. Nice left from Cruz. Vera misses an oblique kick. Cruz swings wildly over the top. Cruz is walking Vera down. Lots of feints from Cruz to keep Vera guessing. Cruz blitzes with another combination. Takedown by Cruz. Vera has him in full guard. Cruz got up and barely missed an arm triangle submission.
Cruz continues the aggression. Cruz looking for a takedown but careful not to get caught in the danger zone when going in. Nice body shot by Cruz and a follow up straight to the chin. Vera fires a punch back. Cruz showcasing his master lateral movement. Cruz with an inside leg kick. Nice right hand by Vera. Cruz goes for a takedown and Vera defends it with a nice sprawl. Stiff jab from Cruz.
Heavy front kick by Cruz throws Vera off balance and Cruz capitalized with heavy punches. Cruz looking for that front kick again. Cruz doing well with his volume. Vera drops Cruz with a straight right after double jab to measure range. Cruz goes for a takedown and misses. Immediate fire from Cruz on the way up. Nice counter jab by Vera after Cruz hit him with one. Cruz is throwing insane volume compared to Vera. Double leg takedown attempt by Cruz. Spinning back-elbow in close range from Cruz on the way out.
Cruz with a takedown attempt. Nice straight right from Cruz after catching Vera’s leg. Stiff jab from Vera sits Cruz down. Cruz gets back up and is still wobbling. Big left kick to the head from Vera sends Cruz crashing down to the canvas.
Official Result: Marlon Vera defeats Dominick Cruz via KO (R4, 2:17).
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