Update 9:40 p.m. ET The fighters are in the cage, and we’re about to be underway in San Diego for the main event!
UFC Fight Night returns Saturday night, this time with and ESPN and ESPN+ broadcast out of San Diego. The main card gets underway at 7 p.m. ET and will wrap with a main event bantamweight contenders bout. Fifth-ranked Marlon Vera will face eighth-ranked Dominick Cruz, with both looking to extend recent win streaks.
Vera enters the bout with a 19-7 record and has won three straight bouts. He most recently won a unanimous decision over Rob Font at an April UFC on ESPN card. Cruz enters the bout with a 24-3 record and has won two straight. Most recently he beat Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision at UFC 269 last December.
Vera is favored to win in this bout with -230 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. Cruz is a +195 underdog. The favored method of victory is a Vera decision at +140, followed by a Vera KO/TKO/DQ win at +250. Cruz’s favored method of victory is a decision (+300) followed by a KO/TKO/DQ win (+900).
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Cruz
Cruz was able to get in and out with consistency, winning on significant strikes 33-11. A takedown late didn’t turn into much, but Cruz looked strong.
Round 2: 10-9 Cruz
Another win for Cruz, but a bit less dominant as he was content to circle and strike once while getting away. Vera looked more comfortable, and we’ll see if he can score in one soon as we’re set for five.
Round 3: 10-9 Vera
Better from Chito, who put Cruz down temporarily with an overhand right that was the best punch of the round. It’s very close, and it’s basically all on the feet. We’ll see who can land the big one.
Round 4: Marlon Vera wins by KO (head kick) at 2:17
An absolute starching!
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