UFC San Diego: Vera’s violent run continues with R4 head kick win vs. Cruz – 135lb contenders beware

Marlon Vera of Ecuador knocks out Dominick Cruz with a high kick in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Pechanga Arena on August...

Marlon Vera (#5) started slowly but ended rather emphatically with a stoppage as promised – kicking Dominick Cruz’s two-time 135lb title aspirations to the curb in the championship rounds of their competitive headliner. The card overperformed expectations to send the 12,804-strong San Diego crowd home happy with big wins for Azamat Murzakanov, debutant Yazmin Jauregui and a Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama FOTY contender in the co-main event among others. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 40: Ladd labours to forgettable featherweight main event defeat by Dumont

Norma Dumont of Brazil reacts after her victory over Aspen Ladd in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 16,...

Having recovered from serious injuries, Aspen Ladd’s long-awaited UFC return unfolded with little more than a whimper as the #3 bantamweight made her featherweight debut and was thoroughly outworked by Norma Dumont in a main event matchup that felt jarring to watch.
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