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UFC on ESPN 41: Vera vs. Cruz predictions

The UFC returns to The Apex tonight as former champion Dominick Cruz meets Marlon Vera in the bantamweight main event.

The winner gets to stay in the title shot conversation and the clock is ticking in particular for the 37 year old Cruz, who is making one last run to reclaim his former glory.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (7PM ET/4PM PT)

GERALD MEERSCHAERT (34-15-0) VS. BRUNO SILVA (22-7-0)

Andrews: Close fight on paper. Bruno has the equalizer and uses it to end the keep away game of Gerald.

Andrews Prediction: Bruno Silva via TKO

PRISCILLA CACHOEIRA (11-4-0) VS. ARIANE LIPSKI (14-7-0)Β 

Andrews: Lipski missed weight for the original UFC 277 fight. I assume she is fully recovered from that incident and should get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Ariane Lipski via UD

DEVIN CLARK (13-6-0) VS. AZAMAT MURZAKANOV (11-0-0)

Andrews: Clark is inconsistent. Sure, he’s coming off a good win but he lost his last two before that. Azamat is older but he’s hungry. I’m going with the hungry man.

Andrews Prediction: Azamat Murzakanov via TKO

YAZMIN JAURGEUI (8-0-0) VS. LASMIN LUCINDO (13-4-0)

Andrews: Two up and coming tigers. This should be a good fight. Yazmin does Combate Global proud.

Andrews Prediction: Yasmin Jaurgeui via TKO

NATE LANDWEHR (15-4-0) VS. DAVID ONANA (10-1-0)Β 

Andrews: Nate is good, but Onana is chomping at the bit as he was supposed to fight Austin Lingo. If he keeps his head clear, he gets the win.

Andrews Prediction: David Onana via UD

MAIN EVENT

#5 MARLON VERA (19-7-2) VS. #8 DOMINICK CRUZ (24-3-0)

Andrews: I love Dominick Cruz and his footwork and tactics. But I think Marlon Vera has the focus, the youth and the power to win. He needs to keep a clear head and use the intelligent pressure. Dominick is older and if he can keep the pressure on, he gets the win.

Andrews Prediction: Marlon Vera via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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