In a race to determine the next big UFC bantamweight title contender, Marlon Vera and Dominick Cruz will face off on August 13. The fight will take place inside Pechanga Arena in San Diego.
Cruz, 36, is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion. One of the most dynamic fighters of all time, Cruz's athleticism on the feet has resulted in opponents being wary when fighting him. Cruz was on a 13-fight win streak from 2008-2016 but suffered from several injuries during that timeframe.
Following a loss against Cody Garbrandt in 2016, it took until 2020 for Cruz to return against Henry Cejudo. Since losing to Cejudo, Cruz is on a two-fight win streak. Ranked eighth in the UFC's bantamweight rankings, Cruz is hoping this fight is his way back to the top.
Ranked fifth in the rankings, Vera is on a three-fight win streak. Following an impressive win against Rob Font, a Vera can help his cause in a stacked bantamweight division.
The Sporting News has the full rundown of the schedule for UFC San Diego, with details on fight matchups, start times, odds, and more.
When is UFC San Diego: Vera vs. Cruz?
- Date: Saturday, August 13
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET
- Main card: 7 p.m. ET
- Main event: 10:15 p.m. ET (Approximately)
UFC San Diego takes place on August 13. The Prelims begin at 4 p.m. ET, while the main card will take place at 7 p.m. ET. Vera and Cruz should make their way to the octagon around 10:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch UFC San Diego: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
The prelims for UFC San Diego will be available on the ESPN+ streaming service. The main card will air on ESPN+ and ESPN.
Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz: How much does UFC San Diego cost?
You can pay $6.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $69.99.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$9.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$99.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$13.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
|UFC PPV Standalone||$74.99 each|
|UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)||$99.98, then $69.99/year|
|UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle||
$88.98, then $13.99/month
*Going into effect August 23, ESPN+'s monthly subscription will change from $6.99/mo to $9.99/mo. The annual ESPN+ subscription package will change from $69.99/yr to $99.99/yr.
There is no change to the standalone PPV, or to the Disney Bundle.
Where is UFC San Diego: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
Marlon Vera and Dominick Cruz will be fighting inside the Pechanga Arena in San Diego. The arena can hold up to 16,000+ people.
Vera vs. Cruz odds for UFC San Diego
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Cruz is the +154 underdog, while Vera is the -184 favorite.
In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Cruz is the +145 underdog, while Vera is the -185 favorite.
Marlon Vera record, bio
- Nationality: Ecuadorian
- Born: December 2, 1992
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 70.5 inches
- Total fights: 27
- Record: 19-7-1 with 7 wins via knockout
Dominick Cruz record, bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: September 3, 1985
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 68 inches
- Total fights: 27
- Record: 24-3 with 7 wins via knockout
UFC San Diego: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz fight card
- Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz; Bantamweights
- Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo; Flyweights
- Sara McMann vs. TBA; Bantamweights
- Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov; Light Heavyweights
- Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bruno Silva; Middleweights
- Martin Buday vs. Lukasz Brzeski; Heavyweights
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes; Flyweights