Vera (20-7-1 MMA, 14-6 UFC) extended his winning streak to four fights when he landed a picture-perfect head kick on former UFC and WEC bantamweight champion Cruz (24-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in the headlining act at Pechanga Arena in San Diego.
With the most finishes in divisional history, “Chito” is sitting on the verge of his first championship fight inside the octagon. But with a competitive title picture chasing the winner of the UFC 280 title fight between Aljamain Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw on Oct. 22, Vera’s next step isn’t guaranteed.
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