Archive: Dominick Cruz

Jul 23, 2015 12:31 pm

Dominick Cruz Ready To Reclaim His Belt, Eyes Year End Return

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (20-1 MMA) returned to action for the first time since October of 2011 this past September at UFC 178, where he earned an impressive knockout victory over Takeya Mizugaki in just 61-seconds. Unfortunately for “The Dominator”, who has been plagued by injuries since he made the transition from the...

Nov 20, 2014 5:08 am

Dillashaw wants Cruz bout in February or March

Good news for fight fans, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw underwent successful surgery on his elbow for bursitis, and is gunning for a return to the UFC in February or March to defend his bantamweight strap against Dominick Cruz. Dillashaw’s manager spoke on UFC Tonight about Dillashaw’s surgery, saying that Dillashaw underwent surgery on October...

Nov 10, 2014 4:24 pm

Barao: ‘Bantamweight is my division’

Despite losing his bantamweight strap to TJ Dillashaw earlier this year, and being unable to make the bantamweight limit of 135-pounds for his rematch against Dillashaw, Renan Barao found himself a midst a stacked bantamweight division. With Dominick Cruz returning to the UFC and earning himself a shot at Dillashaw’s belt, and UFC President Dana...

Oct 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Cruz Ready To Move Up! Wants McGregor, Aldo, Mendes

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is ready for activity. En route to the return of his championship reign, the top P4P prospect said he isn’t opposed to facing some featherweight standouts. Check it: Dominick Cruz says on the @FOXSports1 pre-fight show that he would move to 145 to fight Aldo, Mendes or McGregor. “Money...

Oct 26, 2014 11:56 am

Cruz And Cormier Break Down The Dominance Of Jose Aldo

Last night after Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes battled in the cage for 25 minutes, Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier broke down the bout, and Jose Aldo’s dominance on the UFC 179 postfight show. Cruz gave his take on Aldo’s dominant style, saying: “He kind of waits and gets pissed off, then starts marching forward...

Oct 26, 2014 11:52 am

Cruz And Cormier Give Their Take On Incredible Aldo-Mendes Bout

Last night in the main-event of UFC 179, Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes put on a spectacular performance that earned both men ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, and may even earn them ‘Fight of the Year’ (Catch the bout highlights HERE). After the bout on the UFC 179 post-fight show, Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier...

Oct 10, 2014 3:02 pm

Faber: ‘Cruz Upset my 3rd Grader’

“We’ve got a third-grader who trains with us, and he came up to me one day and he was like ‘did you hear what Dominick Cruz said? I told him we were going to put Cruz in timeout for hurting his feelings. My third-grader was upset over it.” “I mean, the impressive thing here was...

Oct 9, 2014 10:21 am

TAM Boss: ‘Cruz will have to pay the piper’

Team Alpha Male (TAM) founder, Urijah Faber isn’t happy with the recent comments coming from his longtime career nemeses, Dominick Cruz. Following two-year absence from competition, Cruz challenged Faber’s camp, calling them all Team Alpha Fail during his recent post-fight victory speech. Faber took to his time with to respond: “He looked great, and...

Oct 8, 2014 4:29 pm

Cruz: ‘T.J. thinks it’s his, and it’s not, the belt’s mine’

“[The rivalry with Team Alpha Male] just goes back a long time, man. The truth is, I cut one head off and another one keeps popping up. So I’ve already realized in my head, I’m fighting these guys. If it’s all of them, OK, let’s do it. I have a good track record against their...

Oct 7, 2014 10:39 am

Dominick Cruz Weighs In on “Stool Gate”

UFC bantamweight fighter Dominick Cruz and Inside MMA hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten weigh in on the controversial delay during last week’s fight between Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero at UFC 178. In this clip, Cruz and the two hosts discuss the implications of extra time between rounds and share their opinion on the...

Oct 5, 2014 8:58 am

Assuncao Unhappy With Performance Against Caraway

Raphael Assuncao picked up a unanimous decision win over Bryan Caraway last night at UFC Fight Night Halifax, extending his win streak to 7, making him the owner of the 3rd longest active win streak in the UFC. Assuncao believes that the win over Caraway puts him in a position to fight for the bantamweight...

Sep 29, 2014 3:20 pm

Rankings Report: Conor McGregor Cracks Top 5

At UFC 178 this past weekend, Conor McGregor cracked the top 5 rankings for the featherweight division according to the UFC’s official rankings. Prior to his win over Poirier this past weekend McGregor was ranked 9th on the ladder, however with his win he replaced Poirier on the ladder in the #5 spot. McGregor is...

Sep 29, 2014 10:17 am

UFC 178 Salary Report: Johnson, McGregor Top Payroll

This past weekend the UFC held arguably one of the biggest Pay-Per View’s of the year in UFC 178. The card was headlined by Demetrious Johnson as he defended his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso. Johnson emerged victorious, defeating Cariaso via submission in the second round. Below is the salary report for the event, which...

Sep 28, 2014 3:43 pm

QUICK TWITT: Team Alpha Male Reacts To Cruz Dissing Them

Yesterday in the main event of the preliminary card for UFC 178, Dominick Cruz made his triumphant return to the UFC by TKOing Takeya Mizugaki in just 61 seconds. During his post-fight Octagon speech, he said he was looking forward to beating up more “Alpha Fails.” His insult was aimed at Urijah Faber and his...

Sep 28, 2014 10:41 am

QUICK TWITT: Pros React To The Return Of Dominick Cruz

Last night in the main event of the prelims of UFC 178, Dominick Cruz returned from nearly a three-year long layoff to defeat Takeya Mizugaki in just 61 seconds. Below is a list of the best reactions from UFC fighters regarding the return of Cruz. FUCK YESSSS @TheDomin8r THE CHAMP IS HEEERE!! #UFC178 — Rowdy...

Sep 28, 2014 8:19 am

REPLAY! Dominick Cruz Slams Urijah Faber, Tells Him To Sit Down

Last night Dominick Cruz returned from a nearly 3-year long absence from the Octagon in dominant fashion to destroy Takeya Mizugaki in 61 seconds. Cruz said in his post-fight speech that he was looking forward to beating up “Alpha Fails”. An insult directed at Urijah Faber’s “Team Alpha Male”. Cruz continued his trash talk at...

Sep 27, 2014 10:34 pm

Dana White Announces Dillashaw Is Next For Cruz

Earlier tonight at UFC 178, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz made his return to the UFC where he defeated Takeya Mizugaki in just 61 seconds. After the bout, many fans called for Cruz to fight the current UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White confirmed that TJ...

Sep 27, 2014 10:29 pm

UFC 178 Post-Fight Bonuses

At the UFC 178 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced the post-fight bonuses from the event. They are as follows, and each fighter wins $50,000. Fight Of The Night – Kennedy vs. Romero (Romero wins via TKO – 3rd round) Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor, and Dominick Cruz.

Sep 27, 2014 10:22 pm

REPLAY! Watch Dominick Cruz Post-Fight Speech

In case you missed the triumphant return of Dominick Cruz earlier tonight at the UFC 178 prelims, you can rewatch Cruz post-fight speech, and Cruz calling out Team ‘Alpha Fail’ below.

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 4:34 pm

“UFC 178” Results: Gamburyan Makes Comeback, Submits Gibson In Round 2

Manny Gamburyan may have earned himself a “Performance of the Night” bonus with his showing in the octagon tonight against Cody Gibson. This was the first bout of the night and it aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. All signs were pointing to Gamburyan losing by technical knockout as he kept getting wobbled with Gibson’s...

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 27, 2014 10:46 am

“UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso” Official Results Thread

In case you can’t catch UFC 178 tonight, you can read up on all the results below! Main Card (Pay-Per View) Demetrious Johnson def. Chris Cariaso by way of Submission (Kimura) 2:29 of Round 2 Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez by way of Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Conor Poirier def. Dustin Poirier by way...

Sep 27, 2014 9:55 am

Coach: Mizugaki Is Fighting A Madman

Dominick Cruz is set to return to the UFC tonight after nearly a three year long absence. Cruz, on a quest to reclaim his bantamweight title, has to get through Takeya Mizugaki in the main event of the preliminary card of UFC 178 tonight. His grappling coach, Neil Melanson spoke to MMAMania about Cruz’s evolution...

Sep 26, 2014 11:31 am

LIVE STREAM! Watch The UFC 175 Weigh-ins Live On BJPENN.COM (4PM PT)

The UFC 178 weigh-ins kick off today at 4 p.m. PT, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso, who will be fighting for Johnson’s flyweight title. The co-main event for the bout will be between Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez, where Alvarez will...

Sep 26, 2014 11:08 am

Dominick Cruz Says Rankings Never Mattered

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz believes that rankings never mattered, and that you can listen to where the media ranks you. Cruz returns to the Octagon tomorrow night as the headlining fight on the preliminary card against Takeya Mizugaki.

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...