UFC bantamweight rivals Marlon Vera and Dominick Cruz will square off in San Diego this weekend.
UFC 278 takes place next Saturday as Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against England’s Leon Edwards in Salt Lake City.
But first, we have an exciting map in California.
Vera has beaten Rob Font and Frankie Edgar in the last two fights and is fifth in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Cruz has won his last two matches as well and should give ‘Chito’ a stern test.
Vera vs Cruz: Date and how to follow
This event is scheduled for Saturday August 13 and takes place at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California.
Preliminary action will begin at 10 p.m. for UK fans with the main card kicking off at midnight.
Vera vs Cruz can then be expected around 2:30 a.m.
The action will air on BT Sport 1 and their coverage will start at 10pm.
talkSPORT will also have all the preparation and reaction to the action throughout the fight week.
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Vera vs. Cruz: Fight Card
Subject to change
- Main Event: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
- Angela Hill vs. Lupita Godinez
- Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama
- Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes
- Gerald Meerschaert against Bruno Silva
- Yazmin Jauregui vs Iasmin Lucindo
- Martin Buday vs. Lukasz Brzeski
- Gabriel Benitez vs. Charlie Ontiveros
- Youssef Zalal vs. Da’Mon Blackshear
- Ode’ Osbourne vs. Tyson
- Jason Witt vs. Josh Quinlan
- Ariane Lipski versus Priscila Cachoeira
Vera vs. Cruz: What Was Said?
Dominick Cruz: “When I look at Vera, everything he says, I don’t think he really means it.
“He does, but he just wants to be heard. He’s a guy who just wants people to hear him because look what he did to Sean O’Malley and nobody said anything about him. Nobody cares that he won that fight.
“He’s just tired of being ignored because people don’t really care about him. When he wins nobody says anything. So I think he’s just trying to be heard, so he says whatever he wants. ‘he can, really angry, he’s got a lot of demons, I guess, he’s dealing with. I don’t know.
“But at the end of the day when you see him win after that fight, I saw him in the back, we worked together, he’s cool.
“I have nothing against this guy, so I’m very neutral about it. He’s obviously very angry about something. I think he just wants to be heard and people care about him.
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