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He’s Back! Dominick Cruz Dominates At UFC 178

Dominick Cruz made a statement to the rest of the UFC’s bantamweight division Saturday night at UFC 178, returning from almost three years away due to injury to run through Takeya Mizugaki.

“The Dominator” needed just 61 seconds to finish Mizugaki, earning his 20th career win. Earlier this year, Cruz was stripped of the UFC bantamweight title after suffering a groin injury. He had two knee surgeries that also kept him on the sidelines.

“I don’t remember (any of the fight),” he said. “I was blacked out in there. I have no idea.”

Cruz (20-1) couldn’t help but be happy after finally getting his chance to compete again. Despite the extended layoff, he never thought about stepping away from action.

“I always knew I would make it back,” Cruz said. “In my heart, I knew. It’s been tough, I’m not going to deny that.”

After defeating Demetrious Johnson, Cruz was cast as a coach on the first live season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Urijah Faber. A third meeting between the two was planned, but Cruz went down in training with the knee injury. Now, Faber’s teammate, T.J. Dillashaw, holds the belt and Cruz didn’t let the opportunity go by with the microphone in hand.

“I look forward to beating up more Alpha Males,” he said.

  • Dufresne says:

    That was an absolute clinic. Cruz deserves an immediate title shot after handling the #5 guy in the division like that. I think Mizugaki landed one glancing shot in that entire fight and Cruz slipped more than a few cleanly.

    Alpha Males
    I thought he said “Alpha Fails”?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yeah pretty sure he said Alpha Fails

    good to see him back, I was never the biggest fan but did enjoy watching him fight, and that was a superb display. hard not to route for a guy who has been through that much for three years.

    Look forward to seeing him get that belt back

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Great to see Cruz back and looking dominate once again. He was literally three steps ahead of Mizugaki who is a seriously good fighter himself. Loved the Alpha Fails comment.


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