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Since returning to action in 2021 after a two-game losing streak, Dominick Cruz’s eyes have been on the title. The former bantamweight kingpin wants to regain his lost throne, and he’s returned to the Top 10. He’s been consistent in his ideology: Cruz wants fighters ranked ahead of him so he can climb the ranks and progress to the belt . At 37, that’s an understandable point of view.
Fighters like Marlon Vera who were ranked behind Cruz are probably less understanding. “Chito” has called out Cruz in the past, but he’s always been behind “The Dominator” in the rankings, and therefore doesn’t meet Cruz’s criteria. However, after turning No. 5-ranked Rob Font’s face to mush, there’s likely been a power shift.
Vera is convinced that he will be ranked ahead of Cruz when the new ranking is released, so he turns around and asks Cruz if he would like to throw himself.
“Before, in the ten times he refused to fight me, I don’t call him ap-sy, but he refused many times in the past,” Marlon Vera said on The MMA Hour (via BJPenn.com) . “He always talks about how he wants to fight someone above him. Guess what, I’m over you right now, motherfucker, so now we can go. Now we can leave.
Vera continued: “They tried to succeed when I lost to Aldo, I was [ranked] 14 or 15 at the time. He was like, it’s not worth it, it’s rated too low, blah blah. Then they tried to do it before the Edgar fight I was [ranked] like 13 or 11. He said I was too low, he needed someone to push him on the belt. I think if you beat number five you’ll be catapulted to the belt buddy.
Vera also issued an invitation to launch on Twitter, reiterating the same message.
Dom, you always say you’re looking for someone above you. I’m over you now so you wanna fight?
— CHTOVERA (@chitoveraUFC) May 2, 2022
Cruz has yet to respond publicly, but given Vera’s current momentum, upsetting “Chito” would certainly help bring Cruz one step closer to the title. Of course, there are other options for both men, but if highly ranked Vera wants this match to happen, why not?
Four (?) Weeks Of Self-Promotion
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