Dominick Cruz is heading back to the Octagon this summer…
The 37-year-old Mexican American mixed martial artist, a former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, will face off against Marlon Vera for a UFC Fight Night headliner, according to UFC president Dana White.
The bout is scheduled for August 13, and White said the card is expected to take place in San Diego.
ESPN has Vera ranked No. 6 and Cruz ranked No. 10 in the world at bantamweight.
Cruz (24-3) is one of the best bantamweight fighters in MMA history. A San Diego resident, he’s a two-time former UFC bantamweight champion with a total of three title defenses across both reigns.
Cruz has the most bantamweight wins in UFC/WEC history (13). He has won two straight and 15 of 17 overall.
Vera (19-7-1), 29, has won three straight and nine of his past 11. The fighter from Ecuador, who lives and trains in Orange County, California, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rob Font in April.
He has the most finishes in UFC bantamweight history (9).
Marlon “Chito” Vera may be returning to the Octagon this fall…
The UFC is targeting a bantamweight matchup between the 28-year-old Ecuadorian mixed martial artist and Frankie Edgar for UFC 268 on November 6, according to ESPN.
Contracts haven’t been signed, but both sides have verbally agreed to the matchup. The pay-per-view event is expected to take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Vera (19-7-1) is riding some momentum, coming off a decision win over Davey Grantin June. He is 2-1 in his past three, including wins over Grant and Sean O’Malley. His loss in that stretch was to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He is 7-2 over his past nine.
A former lightweight champion, Edgar (24-9) is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Cory Sandhagen in February. A longtime lightweight and featherweight, Edgar has now competed in the UFC’s 135-pound division twice. He is 1-1, with a five-round decision win over Pedro Munhozin August.
Edgar, 39, fights out of Toms River, New Jersey. This will mark his first fight in New York since 2016 and only the third overall of his storied career.
A welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covingtonis slated to headline the UFC 268 event.