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.
UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling was an interested observer as Marlon Vera defeated Rob Font in a main event cracker at UFC on ESPN 35 on Saturday. And, after praising "Chito" for his victory, he turned his attention to his next title fight in the octagon.
Marlon Vera makes title promise after brilliant UFC on ESPN 35 win: ‘I’m bringing the belt to Ecuador!’
Marlon "Chito" Vera produced one of the best performances of his career to defeat Rob Font in Las Vegas and continue his quest for a UFC title.