Cruz has always had one of the most unique fighting styles in the sport, and even at age 37 his movement and footwork were clearly causing problems for Vera at the start of the fight. “Chito” flashed his power with an early knockdown, but Cruz recovered quickly and got right back to out landing the 29-year-old.
Even with the striking numbers starting to build in Cruz’s favor, Vera never appeared particularly bothered about the possibility of losing rounds. The Ecuadorian finally got a read on Cruz’s head movement and made the former champion pay with a brutal head kick in the fourth round.
Fighters React To Vera’s Head Kick KO
After being spoiled by a pair of tremendous fights immediately before the main event, UFC fighters were still impressed by Vera’s highlight-reel victory.
Ranked as the UFC’s #5 bantamweight heading into this bout, “Chito” is now on a 4-fight winning streak and should be in the conversation for a title shot.
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