Dominick Cruz
The Dominator

USA

First win in 1,736 days
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Cruz defeated Casey Kenney via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Cruz first victory in 1,736 days. His most recent victory prior to Saturday came at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016 against Urijah Faber. This one didn't come easy. As usual, Cruz was constantly on the move trying to give Kenney different looks. He also went for several takedowns early in the fight which failed, before scoring on a couple big ones to secure the win late in Round 3. Kenney was able to match Dom's cardio through the better part of two rounds, but it was the veteran who began to pull away in the final frame. Cruz's biggest issue in this fight was the leg kicks of Kenney. The 30-27 scorecard is a tad misleading because Kenney almost certainly deserved to win Round 2, but Cruz deserved to win the fight and the judges ultimately got it right. Joe Rogan made a good point before the fight began. He essentially said that Cruz's mind is one of the brightest in the history of the sport and he knows exactly what he wants to do at all times inside the Octagon, but the question is whether or not his body can react quickly enough. Dom turns 36 years of age in just three days, and his injury history is legendary. Cruz is going to have to get back in the Octagon soon if he wants to make one more run at 135 pounds.
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Slated to fight at UFC 259
BantamweightUFC
December 5, 2020
Cruz will face Casey Kenney in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cruz has contended for the bantamweight title over the past four years, but he's now lost his last two fights dating back to 2016. The 35-year-old most recently lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) at UFC 249 in May. He'll take on Kenney, who has won his last three matchups, most recently defeating Nathaniel Wood via unanimous decision at UFC 254 in October. Cruz has a slight advantage in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Tough break in quest to regain gold
BantamweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Cruz failed in his quest to regain the UFC Bantamweight Championship, falling to Henry Cejudo via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 2 at UFC 249 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time in 1,226 days, Cruz was the victim of a questionable stoppage by referee Keith Peterson. It didn't begin well for Cruz. He struggled throughout the course of Round 1, particularly with Cejudo's leg kicks. Round 2 was more of a back-and-forth affair. Cruz was gaining momentum when Cejudo blasted him with a knee to the face late in the frame. Dom went sprawling to the mat and Cejudo followed up with repeated, unanswered shots to the side of Cruz's head. Peterson called off the bout with just seconds left in the round, but the issue is that Cruz was working his way to his feet when Peterson waived if off. It probably would have been a bit less controversial had there not been two seconds left in the round. It certainly wasn't the worst stoppage we have ever seen. Dom was in a bad position. Cruz is obviously disappointed with the result but the most important thing is that he emerged from the fight healthy. Injuries have been Cruz's biggest obstacle over the years.
Gets shot at bantamweight title
BantamweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Cruz (shoulder) is slated to face Henry Cejudo in a bantamweight fight at UFC 249 after agreeing Wednesday to replace Jose Aldo on the May 9 card, Marcelo Russio of SporTV.com
ANALYSIS
Cruz will get a crack at the bantamweight crown after Aldo was forced to back out of the event due to an expired work visa, which won't allow him to fight outside of his home country of Brazil. Like Cruz (22-2-0), Cejudo (15-2-0) has also been sidelined for an extended period while recovering from shoulder surgeries, but both fighters look to be back to full strength as they prepare for the May bout. Cruz last fought in December 2016 at UFC 207, losing to Cody Garbrandt via unanimous decision. Oddsmakers have Cruz pegged as roughly a (+200) betting underdog for his long-anticipated return to competition.
Set to undergo surgery
BantamweightUFC
December 17, 2018
Cruz will undergo shoulder surgery in the near future, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure which will presumably take place in January. Cruz was expected to take on John Lineker at UFC 233, but the event was canceled and then his shoulder injury caused the fight to fall by the wayside. He will require some time off following surgery but could get back in the arena during the summer of 2019 if his recovery goes according to plan.
Out with injured shoulder
BantamweightUFC
December 12, 2018
Cruz's upcoming fight with John Lineker is off because of a shoulder injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After UFC 233 was cancelled, it was unclear if this bantamweight bout would take place, but it seems that Cruz is unfit to fight and the UFC is scrapping the fight altogether. Cruz has dealt with a number of injuries over the years, and this would've been his first fight in over two years, however his return will be pushed back even further now. It's unclear who, and when, Lineker will fight, but for now, it looks like Cruz will be out of action for some time.