Dominick Cruz will fight Marlon Vera on August 13th in the main event of a UFC Fight Night. The bout will take place in Cruz’s hometown San Diego, California. Cruz is currently in the top 10 of the bantamweight division as he is ranked 8th in the division. On the other hand, Marlon Vera is in the top 5 of the division.
During the broadcast of the UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Emmett, Dominick Cruz commented on the upcoming fight and his rivalry with Chito Vera ahead of the bout in a month’s time. The 37-year-old said that he has always been friendly with Vera. However, there was always a coldness between them as there was a chance of them meeting in the Octagon due to both Vera and Cruz being in the same division.
The Dominator is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. He lost the belt for the first time in 2011 due to a severe injury that kept him out of the cage for 3 years. But Cruz regained his title against TJ Dillashaw (then champion) in 2016. But Dominic’s luck with injuries affected him throughout his career and he missed 4 more years after losing the title to Cody Garbrandt in 2016.
But he got the chance to recapture the belt in 2020 at UFC 249 as Cruz fought Henry Cejudo for the belt a third time. Unfortunately for him, Cruz suffered a TKO loss to the Triple C.
Dominick Cruz is chasing after the UFC Bantamweight Championship
Since his loss to Henry Cejudo, Dominick Cruz beat Casey Kenney and Pedro Munhoz back to back as he looked the climb up the rankings once again to have a chance of becoming a champion once again. Hence the bout against Marlon Vera becomes crucial. Talking about his aspirations to be the champion once again, Cruz added,
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“This is absolutely a title contention fight… this is my third run for the title”
If Dominick Cruz can get past Marlon Vera, he will definitely be in the Top 5 of the weight class. Hence he will once again be in the running for the fourth title shot of his career. He is 37 and is on the last stretch of his illustrious career. Hence, Cruz needs to earn a win over Vera badly to fast-track the process of fighting for the belt next.