“You can run into ANYTHING moving like that,” Marlon Vera explains calling Dominick Cruz’s fighting style as ‘low level’

Vera explains with clarity that he respects the world Cruz for the latter's contribution to MMA, but he can't let his emotions manipulate what he thinks is the reality. Vera is now one or two wins away from a title shot today.

Dominick Cruz vs Marlon Vera
Dominick Cruz vs Marlon Vera
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Marlon Vera might have made a statement with his style of work just last weekend, but he always knew there was a major loophole in his opponent’s style of fighting. Vera is coming off another big win of his career after Frankie Edgar when he knocks out former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC San Diego. Cruz was winning the first couple of rounds and Vera starts to find his opening around the third to finally land a beautiful head kick in the fourth.

Vera now has the most finishes in the UFC bantamweight history and is looking forward to a title shot sooner or later in his career. As for Cruz, he has nothing to be ashamed of after losing to Vera as he already has a Hall of Fame-worthy legacy. The former WEC champion, the first ever UFC bantamweight champion and wins over the likes of Urijah Faber, TJ Dillashaw, Pedro Munhoz, Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson and many more have made Cruz in the discussion of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.

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Marlon Vera credits Dominick Cruz for making the “bantamweight division look cool”

Dominick Cruz
Dominick Cruz

In an interview with Ariel Helwani at the MMA Hour, Vera talks about his future as a fighter, how he is obsessed with training, celebrating the last 2 wins with his family, his relationship with his coach Jason Parillo and much more. In the end, Vera also cleared his comments about calling Cruz’s technique of footwork “low level” for MMA during the post-fight media scrum. Before explaining, Vera held Cruz responsible for “making the bantamweight division look cool” and praised him for becoming a UFC champion for the second time despite a career full of devastating injuries.

“I am gonna explain [the low-level comments] a little. Talking about fighting techniques… with Dominick the supernatural movement that he does. Me and my coach would think, that’s a low-level style to do MMA, it’s just our opinion. It’s maybe a fact because with the way we proved by finishing. But I wasn’t talking s**t on the way like ‘oh low level, he sucks.’ I don’t think he sucks, I don’t… it’s the movements we don’t think work for MMA because there’s kicks, elbows, knees, there’s so much that you can run into moving like that…” says Vera.

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What do you make of Vera’s thoughts on the reason for calling Cruz’s way of fighting ‘low level’? Vera further explained that Cruz’s extraordinary movements were not rooted in the fundamentals. Do you agree with that statement? Sure one can say Cruz’s style of fighting must evolve drastically now in order to stay relevant in the most stacked division of the UFC, but it worked for a long time and even top contenders today like TJ Dillashaw has taken a huge page out of that style of footwork. Where do you put Cruz among the greatest bantamweights of all time?

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