Ecuadorian bantamweight contender Marlon Vera has gradually moved his way up the ranks at 135 pounds. But on Saturday night in San Diego, "Chito" staked a legitimate claim for a shot at championship gold with a huge fourth-round knockout of former champion Dominick Cruz.
Elite-level bantamweights will go head to head in the main event of UFC on ESPN 41 in San Diego, California on Saturday night after successfully making weight ahead of their headline clash.
In Episode 6 of UFC 269 Embedded, the fighters faced off for the final time at the ceremonial weigh-ins ahead of fight night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In Episode 5 of Embedded, the fighters faced off at the pre-fight press conference ahead of the final pay-per-view spectacular of 2021, UFC 269.
The fighters arrive in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 269 and launch into their pre-fight obligations, including media day and interviews. Follow their progress in Episode 4 of UFC 269 Embedded.
Check out the latest episode of the UFC's "Embedded" video blog as the fighters continue their preparations ahead of the final pay-per-view event of 2021, UFC 269.