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 269: Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira lightweight title fight in the works

UFC video: How will an Oliveira vs. Poirier title fight play out?

Per a recent report from MMAFighting.com, the promotion is targeting Charles Oliveira’s first lightweight title defence to be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11 – verbal agreements are already in place, though contracts haven’t yet been issued. That PPV already has a title bout slated: Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight strap vs. Julianna Pena. Continue reading