Tonight’s UFC 259 event included the return of former bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz who took on Casey Kenney in the featured prelim.
Cruz (23-3 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since suffering a TKO loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 249 in his bid to reclaim the promotions bantamweight title. ‘The Dominator’ had most previously tasted victory in June of 2016, when he scored a unanimous decision victory over longtime rival Urijah Faber at UFC 199.
Meanwhile, Casey Kenney (16-3-1 MMA) entered tonight’s UFC 259 featured prelim on a three-fight win streak. The Indiana native had scored a unanimous decision victory over Nathaniel Wood in his most previous effort at UFC 254.
Tonight’s UFC 259 featured prelim proved to be a thrilling back and forth affair. Dominick Cruz had a fantastic opening rounds but Casey Kenney was seemingly able to turn the tide in his favor in round two. With the scorecards likely tied up heading into the third and final round Cruz showcased his championship form scoring two timely takedowns to seal the win.
Official UFC 259 Result: Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Check out how the pros reacted to Cruz defeating Kenney below:
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— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) March 7, 2021
— Dwight Grant (@DwightGrant) March 7, 2021
Casey Kenney is going to upset a lot of people on parlays tonight ! #UFC259
— Sasha Palatnikov (@PalatnikovMMA) March 7, 2021
— Andre Ewell (@daii24_dre) March 7, 2021
Some Cruz hot sauce 🔥 #UFC259
— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) March 7, 2021
1 round a piece I’d say going in to the third.
— michael (@bisping) March 7, 2021
Get in there Boyz!!! #UFC259
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 7, 2021
That was a great takedown! #UFC259
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) March 7, 2021
@Cody_Nolove Different level
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) March 7, 2021
Wow I thought that was obvious 29-28 for Cruz, I dont really see how the judges came up with the other cards.
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 7, 2021
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) March 7, 2021
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