UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Cruz Parlay

The best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC takes center stage next week, but there is one more promotion before Kamaru Usman faces Leon Edwards at UFC 278. San Diego native Dominick Cruz will have the crowd at his back this weekend when he faces Marlon Vera in the main event of UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Cruz. Vera is a significant favorite over Cruz by the UFC betting odds, but Cruz is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion and is out to challenge for the title one more time.

UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Cruz will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. The prelims will get underway at 4 p.m. ET with the main event starting at 7 p.m. ET, and the promotion will be available on both ESPN and ESPN+.

UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Cruz Picks

Dominick Cruz +205 vs. Marlon Vera

This will be Dominick Cruz’s eighth fight in 11 years. Cruz has dealt with several major injuries since first winning the UFC Bantamweight Championship over Demetrious Johnson in October 11. He was forced to relinquish the title after not being able to fight for three years, but he was able to earn the belt back after his return with a split decision win over T.J. Dillashaw. Cruz defended the belt successfully against Urijah Faber, but he lost to Cody Garbrandt in his next fight.

Cruz was absent from the Octagon for another three-plus years, but he was allowed to challenge Henry Cejudo for the title upon his return. He was knocked out in the second round in that bout, yet we have seen him bounce back with wins over Casey Kenney and Pedro Munhoz in his last two fights.

Marlon Vera is ranked ahead of Cruz, and a win here could set up a title shot. His best wins to date have been against Sean O’Malley, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font, but he was defeated by a former champion two years ago in Jose Aldo.

Vera shouldn’t be this much of a favorite considering his history. He has yet to beat a truly elite fighter, and while Cruz is injury prone and near the end of his career, the two-time champion has only lost three fights. All three of those losses came against other elite fighters in their prime with a title on the line, so Cruz is definitely worth backing at this price.

Devin Clark by Points Over Azamat Murzakanov +240

There are two ways to go in this bout. Either you bet on Devin Clark to win by points, or you bet on Azamat Murzakanov to win the fight inside the distance. Clark is a veteran UFC fighter with 13 fights in the promotion under his belt. Six of his seven wins have been by decision, while five of his six losses have come by either knockout or submission. If he is able to lean on you and take you to the ground, he can score decisions wins, but if he is unable to do that, he is going to lose inside the distance.

Not much is known about 11-0 Azamat Murzakanov. He is undefeated, but he will turn 36 in October. Murzakanov earned a knockout in his UFC debut in March, and eight of his 11 wins have come by knockout. If he is going to win, it will almost certainly be by knockout.

Priscila Cachoeira and Ariane Lipski Not to Go the Distance +125

Four of Priscila Cachoeira’s seven UFC fights have failed to go the distance. Two of her three wins have come by knockout, and she has a decent chance of knocking out Ariane Lipski. We have seen Lipski be knocked out in two of her last three fights, and three of Lipski’s last four fights have ended early. Lipski has the potential to submit Cachoeira on the other side of the coin, so the +odds here are very alluring.

Parlay Payout: $100 to win $2,233.25

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