Santee-based Dominick Cruz, combating blocks from his coaching venue, fell to Marlon “Chito” Vera of Ecuador in a featured bout Saturday because the UFC octagon returned to San Diego.
Vera made a case for a shot on the bantamweight title after knocking out Cruz within the fourth of a scheduled five-round combined martial arts bout televised reside on ESPN.
It was a formidable effort from Cruz earlier than the tip, however Vera by no means stopped urgent till he bought the W. Within the co-main occasion, it was a Combat of the Yr contender, as Nate Landwehr outlasted David Onama by way of majority choice.
Combating earlier in her adopted hometown of San Diego, Angela “Overkill” Hill got here up massive with an in depth however unanimous choice victory at sold-out Pechanga Area over Crazy Godinez in a bout held at a catchweight of 120 kilos.
Scores had been 29-28 throughout the board for the No.13-ranked Hill, now 14-12. Godinez falls to 8-3.
Godinez rocked Hill with a pair proper arms within the opening minute, and he or she stored firing them, however “Overkill” recovered rapidly and fired again in an try and take the lead. And because the spherical progressed, she did simply that with a gradual charge of strikes, together with a flying knee late within the body.
Godinez opened the second with a takedown, however Hill defended completely and bought again to her toes nearly instantly, resuming her standup assault on the bloodied Godinez, who was even taken down by the placing specialist within the closing seconds of the stanza.
For some time, former bantamweight champion Cruz appeared to be crusing to probably the most spectacular victories of his profession in his hometown of San Diego. Vera had different concepts, and he closed the present on the long run UFC Corridor of Famer, stopping Cruz of their UFC Combat Night time principal occasion.
Cruz attacked with a mixture to open the battle, and moments later got here one other one, catching Vera off guard. A fast takedown adopted within the second minute however Vera shot proper again up as UFC returned to San Diego for the primary time since 2015.
A left to the jaw by Vera dropped Cruz and evened the rating, however Cruz was up and again to work a second later. And work Cruz did, as his flurries piled up the factors, and so did a takedown within the closing minute. Vera almost locked in a submission late, however Cruz escaped and was in management on the horn.
A minute into the fourth, there was one other flash knockdown for Vera, this time with a straight left. Once more, Cruz bought up, apparently unharmed, and whereas he was nonetheless transferring, he was slowing down as Vera closed in, and with a single left kick to the pinnacle, “Chito” closed the present, with Cruz dropping to the mat, his nostril damaged.
Referee Herb Dean then moved in, with the official time of the end 2:17 of the fourth spherical.
With the win, the No.5-ranked Vera strikes to 20-7-1. The No. 8-ranked Cruz falls to 24-4.
Different outcomes and scorecards are right here.