Archive: Dominick Cruz

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,...

Sep 24, 2013 5:16 am

Renan Barao Moves Up In Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Last Saturday night, Renan Barao made quick work of elite challenger Eddie Wineland after he knocked him out with a highlight-reel spinning back kick in the second round. Barao has now defended the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship twice, defeating the likes of Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald in the process. The fans have not been...

Aug 10, 2013 12:20 pm

VIDEO: Dominick Cruz Believes He Deserves Title Shot Upon Return

“It’s very important I don’t overstep my boundaries with those eight weeks,” Cruz said on Inside MMA. “I’m only looking eight weeks ahead. I’m not looking seven months ahead. I have to be real with myself. I have to be real with everybody. I can’t come back too soon. I’ve already had double-ACL surgery. This...

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...

Jul 16, 2013 11:13 am

Dominick Cruz Says He’s Not Thinking About the Belt Anymore

UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, says he is focused on recovery from his second ACL surgery, not on whether the belt will remain in his hands or be relinquished to current interim champion, Renan Barao. By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA It has been almost two full years since Dominick Cruz last stepped foot in the Octagon,...