391 Search Results for dominick cruz

Sep 27, 2014 6:46 pm

UFC 178 Results: Cruz Makes Successful Return, TKOs Mizugaki in 1 Minute

It has been 1,092 days since Dominick Cruz last fought in the octagon. He needed no more than than sixty-one seconds to finish Takeya Mizugaki. After an authoritative takedown, Mizugaki tried to utilize the cage to wall-walk back to his feet. Cruz was aware of this and caught him with a brutal right hand that...

Sep 27, 2014 3:54 pm

Cruz: If Ali Can Do It, So Can I

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to make his long awaited return to the UFC tonight as the main-event of the preliminary card of UFC 178 against Takeya Mizugaki. Ahead of the bout, he spoke to Ariel Helwani about his desire to reclaim the belt. “The belt is just a piece of metal....

Sep 26, 2014 9:52 am

Phoenix International Raceway Maintained Cruz Sponsorship Throughout Injuries

Dominick Cruz is set to make his return to the UFC tomorrow night against Takeya Mizugaki, after nearly a three year long absence from competition due to 2 torn ACL’s and a torn groin muscle. While most of the MMA world turned their back on the former banatmweight champion, one of his biggest sponsors, Phoenix...

Sep 26, 2014 9:44 am

Cruz Explains Excitement Ahead Of UFC Return

Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn’t been inside the Octagon in nearly three years. After tearing his ACL, Cruz underwent surgery, and was on his way to a return before re-tearing the same ACL, forcing Cruz out for even longer. The UFC stripped Cruz of his bantamweight title for inactivity after nearly two-years away from...

Sep 24, 2014 12:38 pm

Cruz: ‘I’m still the best’

“I’m gunning for the title. If you’re in this sport and you’re not gunning for the title, you’re in the wrong sport. But I’m just taking one step in front of the other and I’m not skipping any steps. When you start to skip steps you start looking past people.” “I’m still the best bantamweight...

Sep 22, 2014 12:34 pm

Urijah Faber: “Of Course I Still Want To Fight Dominick”

This Saturday, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be returning to the Octagon after a three year long absence. The UFC Cruz is returning to is nothing like the one he left. Since his absence, in the bantamweiht division alone, Renan Barao became champion, defended his belt 3 times, and then lost to TJ...

Aug 20, 2014 6:37 pm

UFC 178 Lineup Set With Domininck Cruz On Prelims

While the void left by Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier surely stings, UFC officials have put forth their best efforts to keep UFC 178 a compelling fight card. Set for September 27, ‘UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso’ is set to take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main...

Jul 21, 2014 2:45 pm

Cruz Explains Why He Doesn’t Want An Immediate Title Shot

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his return to the UFC after nearly a two year absence that came due to a torn ACL and then a torn groin. Cruz opted to fight Takeya Mizugaki instead of immediately fighting champion TJ Dillashaw. “You know, it’s a...

Jun 25, 2014 6:47 pm

Cruz Ready, Wants Mizugaki Fight In UFC Return

The injury prone, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (pictured right) is ready to return to action. After two-years of inactivity. ‘UFC Tonight’ on FOX Sports 1 broke the news, stating that Cruz’s camp wants a fight against Takeya Mizugaki, and believe that a win over the top 10 fighter will put Dominick right back...

May 9, 2014 10:21 am

T.J. Grant’s Trainer Wants Cruz and Zingano Removed From Rankings

By Evan Stoumbelis UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant hasn’t seen the Octagon since May of 2013 when he knocked out Gray Maynard in the beginning of the first round, extending Grant’s win streak to five. The fight served as a lightweight title eliminator and it appeared Grant would fight Anthony Pettis in December of 2013, however...

May 7, 2014 3:37 pm

Cruz Not Asking For Immediate Title Shot

Renan Barao got to the UFC title without going through the real UFC champion, Dominick Cruz. An unfortunate string of injuries made that an impossibility and forced Cruz to give up his belt, without a fight. Close to healed, Cruz tells MMAFighitng.com that he will take any fight the UFC gives him upon return and...

Apr 20, 2014 1:32 pm

White: Cruz Can Take Immediate Title Shot Upon Return If ‘He Wants It’

“I, literally, have heard nothing from Dominick Cruz. I don’t know what’s going on with him. And I don’t think after this much of a layoff it would be right to throw him in there for [a title shot], unless he wants it. He was the champ before all this stuff happened to him, and...

Mar 31, 2014 6:07 pm

Faber Would Love To Welcome Cruz Back To The UFC

“I would love to have that fight, people have asked me which fights I want. If we can make it happen let’s do it, if not I’m ready for whoever they say. I feel like fighting is so mental. As long as [Cruz] looks into himself he will bring his best performance, but I plan...

Nov 21, 2013 11:17 am

Champ Cruz ‘Fed up’ With Questions About His Cage Absence

“I’m just fed up with the questions about the time off, because it’s like, at what point do you think about what I did before I got hurt? What did I do before I got hurt? Nobody talks about that. I went on a how many fight winning streak? I cleaned out the division, and...

Nov 8, 2013 8:08 am

Cruz says he wanted Barao fight and no one else

Dominick Cruz wanted to jump right back into the fire. Cruz, the UFC bantamweight champ, has been out of commission for 18 months due to an ACL injury that required two surgeries. While on rehab, burgeoning phenom Renan Barao earned the 135-pound interim title and has defended it twice against Michael McDonald and most recently...

Nov 6, 2013 7:32 am

Cruz vs. Barao Trumps Aldo vs. Lamas for Main Event Slot at UFC 169

  The title unification bout between interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and champion Dominick Cruz has taken top billing at UFC 169. Previously thought to be the main event, a fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas will now be in the co-main event spot. Cruz has been sidelined with a...

Nov 4, 2013 10:32 am

Renan Barao Looking Forward To Unification Bout With Cruz

“We’re finally getting in there to do the fight that everybody wants to see and find out who’s the real champion. I always wanted it and rooted for his (Cruz’s) recovery. I feel I’m the champion. Being in there and doing my work, I’m a champion already. He’s also the champion, but I am too....

Oct 29, 2013 2:43 pm

Cruz vs. Barao/Aldo vs. Lamas Set for UFC 169 Co-Main/Main Event

UFC 169 just received a pair of highly-anticipated lighter weight championship fights. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) is returning from over two years away with a lingering knee injury and a series of surgeries, and will take on the longtime interim champion, Renan Barao (33-1). Barao has twice defended his interim title since winning it...

Aug 7, 2013 6:47 am

Barao: Cruz plans to fight in February of 2014

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been on the sidelines since late 2011, due to back-to-back ACL surgeries. During Cruz’s absence, the UFC crowned an interim bantamweight champion by the name of Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Cruz recently travelled to Brazil to attend UFC 163 this past Saturday, where he...

Jul 22, 2013 9:47 am

Interim Champ Barao Says He Is The True Champ, Not Cruz

When Renan Barao faced off and defeated Urijah Faber at UFC 149 he was crowned the UFC’s interim bantamweight champion in the absence of the injured Dominick Cruz. He has since had one successful title defense against Michael McDonald in the year he has held the interim title and apparently that’s enough for the Brazilian place...

Jun 13, 2013 8:56 am

Faber: Old Man Cruz Could Learn How To Finish Fights From Yuri

“I’ve got mixed feelings. It’s huge to be on the new channel for the first fight, but the opponent is someone nobody really knows about. I don’t choose my fights. If someone asks me to fight in the Octagon, I have a hard time turning down fights. “Who am I to say he doesn’t deserve...

Jun 5, 2013 5:28 am

Quick Twitt | Champ Cruz Cleared To Train Boxing By Doctors

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has been on the shelf so long many forgot that Barao’s title is only an interim belt. The Alliance based fighter finally delivered a ray of hope yesterday in the form of a twitter post that doctors have cleared him to begin training again.

Apr 20, 2013 9:23 am

Video: Florian & Cruz Breakdown UFC on FOX 7

FOX UFC Saturday is just around the corner and that means UFC Tonight has some predictions to make. Dominick Cruz and Kenny Florian take the stage to give their predictions for Daniel Cormier vs Frank Mir and Benson Henderson vs Gilbert Melendez.

Apr 2, 2013 10:36 am

Cruz: “I’ll Give You my Return Date when I Have It”

  It’s been exactly one year and a half since the MMA world has last seen Dominick Cruz fight. After getting a unanimous decision victory over current flyweight title holder Demetrious Johnson, the UFC bantamweight champion underwent two straight surgeries to repair his torn ACL suffered during the preparations to fight Urijah Faber as part...

Feb 14, 2013 11:06 am

Dana White Has No Plans To Strip Cruz Of Title | UFC NEWS

It seems that UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, who has been sidelined since 2011 with back to back ACL injuries, will retain the belt despite his extended absence. While many would argue that the title should be stripped after over a year away from the sport, Dana White has other plans for the champion at...

Dec 4, 2012 10:29 am

Cruz Surgery Failed, Champ Out Another 6-9 Months | UFC News

 \ Dominick Cruz underwent another major knee surgery this past week, and it’ll likely further delay his return to the octagon.  Recent reports has trainer Eric Del Fierro saying “Cruz’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was replaced after his body rejected one from a cadaver.” Estimating another six to nine months before his return Urijah Faber and...