Archive: Dominick Cruz

Jan 8, 2014 6:12 am

Dana White on Anderson Silva: ‘he wants to come back’

During a recent appearance on ESPN, UFC president Dana White announced the news that Dominick Cruz had been injured and would be vacating his Bantamweight title. Along with that announcement White was also asked about former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s leg injury and his recovery. White had this to say about Silva’s injury and...

Jan 8, 2014 6:04 am

Uriah Faber ready to “get a little dirty” with Renan Barao at UFC 169

In recent MMA news, former UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz was forced to pullout of his unification bout with Renan Barao at UFC 169 due to a groin tear. The bout was expected to be Cruz highly awaited return after almost two and a half years from being away from the sport. However, with another...

Jan 7, 2014 12:21 pm

Betting Odds Show Barao as -300 Favorite Over Faber at UFC 169

Following the announcement that Dominick Cruz was relinquishing his UFC bantamweight belt after an injury forced him out of UFC 169, the odds-makers have been busy analyzing the event’s new main event – a rematch between Renan Barao (above) and Urijah Faber for Barao’s new and much-deserved bantamweight title.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA It...


Jan 7, 2014 9:09 am

Dominick Cruz removed from BJPENN.com rankings

By Evan Stoumbelis It was announced yesterday that bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz had suffered a groin tear and would have to withdraw from his bout with interim champion Renan Barao as well as vacate his bantamweight title. The long anticipated return of Cruz was slated for February 1st in New Jersey. Now with Cruz leaving...

Jan 7, 2014 7:14 am

Urijah Faber Wants Dominick Cruz To Get Well So He Can Punch Him Again

Sure, Urijah Faber was just finishing up the holidays and just got back from Mexico, but when he got that call from UFC President Dana White asking if he would step in to fight for the title in three-and-a-half weeks against interim champion Renan Barao, there was no way he was turning it down. “Dana...

Dec 31, 2013 12:37 pm

PREDICTIONS: 2014’s Top 5 Break Out Fighters

With 2013 drawing to a close, which fighters are going to have the biggest years in 2014?   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA Looking back at this past year, a number of fighters stand out as having exceptionally impressive performances during the last twelve months.  Fighters like Ronda Rousey, who became the first female champion in...

Dec 21, 2013 8:24 am

Clint Hester Vs. Andy Enz Added To UFC 169 Lineup

Clint Hester, who competed on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will look to improve his UFC winning streak to three as he takes on UFC newcomer, and 7-0 undefeated Alaskan native Andy Enz. The Bout against these two upcoming fighters was first reported by FoxSports and then was corroborated by UFC officials. Clint...

Dec 20, 2013 8:31 am

UFC On FOX 9 Winners Bobby Green And Abel Trujillo To Face Off At UFC 169

This past Saturday at UFC on FOX9, Bobby Green and Abel Trujillo both picked up important wins on their quest towards title contention. Neither man will get much time to reflect on their victories, however, as they will both return to action at UFC 169 in February. And while they will again be appearing on...

Dec 17, 2013 2:26 pm

Two Bouts Added To UFC 169

Three more UFC newcomers now have their debut matches set up, and all of those matches will be on the Super Bowl weekend UFC 169 card. Neil Magny will meet newcomer Gasan Umalatov in the welterweight division, while Tony Martin and Rashid Magomedov will make their UFC debuts against one-another. UFC 169 will be headlined by dual title...

Dec 14, 2013 9:36 pm

White: You Cannot Deny Urijah Faber Deserves a Title Shot

Urijah Faber, for whatever reason, has always received criticism from people questioning why he’s always on the cusp of a title shot. While it is curious that “The California Kid” seems like he is always one win away from fighting for the championship, it has always been within reason. Taking into consideration that Faber’s only...

Dec 13, 2013 8:08 am

Urijah Faber: I Am A Better All-Around Fighter Than McDonald

Urijah Faber, possibly the biggest draw in the UFC under 155 pounds, believes he is a better fighter all-around than Michael McDonald. Although he hasn’t tasted UFC gold, Faber has a storied career as the long-time WEC featherweight champion. When the WEC merged with the UFC, Faber dropped to bantamweight, and has since won five...

Dec 13, 2013 7:23 am

Al Iaquinta Faces Kevin Lee At UFC 169

Al Iaquinta, who lost in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 15 against Micheal Chiesa, will face undefeated prospect Kevin Lee (pictured) at UFC 169. Lee has won 4 straight by submission, and has won seven fights in a row. Iaquinta has won two out of three of his UFC fights, and looks to...

Dec 11, 2013 8:59 am

John Makdessi Set to Face Alan Patrick at UFC 169 in February

UFC lightweight fighters John Makdessi and Alan Patrick are set to fight at UFC 169, which will take place on February 1 in Newark, New Jersey.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA UFC officials announced Tuesday the addition of a lightweight bout between Canadian John Makdessi and Brazilian Alan Patrick to the UFC 169 card. UFC...

Dec 4, 2013 8:08 am

VIDEO | Dominick Cruz Rehab Training

UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, is recovering from his 2nd ACL surgery at Sport Science Lab in San Juan Capistrano, CA with Gavin MacMillan and Sazi Guthrie. October 21, 2013

Nov 22, 2013 7:33 am

Dominick Cruz Responds To Tito Ortiz Twitter Spat

We failed to cover the latest in Tito Ortiz tweets when he called out UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Mostly because we can’t cover all the crazy that is Tito all the time. However, now that the ‘Dominator’ has addressed it publicly we will catch you guys up. It all started with an interview the...

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 15, 2013 12:27 pm

Dana White Thinks Dominick Cruz ‘Has Kind of Been Stalling’ His Fight With Barao

“I shouldn’t say this,” Dana White told reporters, “I think that Cruz has kind of been stalling.  I think Cruz has dragged this out longer than needed to be.”   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Dominick Cruz last fought in October 2011 at UFC Live, where he successfully defended his UFC bantamweight championship for the...

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 10:38 am

‘Cage Rust’ Not A Concern For Dominick Cruz

“I feel that cage rust is something that’s brought up to give odds makers something to bet on. I think you can work it completely out of your system as long as you’re in training camp and training correctly. The biggest part about ring rust is the mental part. I think a lot of that...

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....

Nov 4, 2013 8:19 am

Jon Jones Makes the Cover of EA Sports UFC, to be Joined by Fan-Voted Second Fighter

One half of the two-man cover for the highly-anticipated EA Sports UFC game has been announced. That man is UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Jones was picked based on this set of standards via the official website for the game: The fighter we ultimately chose is one whose talent, technicality and toughness we felt best...

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...

Oct 8, 2013 10:36 am

UFC Looks to Implement Time-Limit for Stripping Titles from Injured Champions

Despite not fighting for 2 years because of a torn ACL, Dominick Cruz (left) still holds the UFC bantamweight title.  Meanwhile, Renan Barao has defended his interim bantamweight title twice since earning the belt in July of 2012.  According to UFC President Dana White, the UFC may be implementing a time limit so situations like...

Sep 24, 2013 11:55 am

Dominick Cruz: ‘I know I can beat Renan Barao’

“I’m a mixed martial artist. I can fight with him anywhere. I look at it as a chess match, literally. Renan Barao plays chess when he’s in there. I play chess when I’m there. The most impressive part about Barao is the way that he mixes things up. He’s constantly shooting, kneeing up the middle,...