Aalon Cruz

USA

Lands 30-day medical suspension
FeatherweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Cruz has been handed a 30-day medical suspension by the UFC following his first-round TKO loss at Fight Night in Norfolk, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cruz's debut bout did not go as planned, as he entered as a -200 favorite. However, the fight was over just short of the 90-second mark. It is not clear what specific injury he sustained, but he will have to wait at least a month before returning to the octagon.
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Lasts 85 seconds in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
February 29, 2020
Cruz lost to Spike Carlyle via TKO (punches) at 1:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
Originally scheduled to face Steven Peterson, it's safe to say the debuting Cruz didn't handle his opponent change well. He entered as a substantial -200 favorite and couldn't even manage to last 90 seconds on his maiden voyage with the UFC. One of Carlyle's elbows that led to the finish appeared to land to the back of Cruz's head, so perhaps an appeal is on the way from Cruz's camp. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Cruz had never been knocked out in his pro career prior to Saturday. He should get another shot with the company, especially considering the opponent change, but fands shouldn't expect much.
Will stay on Norfolk card
FeatherweightUFC
February 24, 2020
Cruz will now take on Spike Carlyle in a featherweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cruz was originally scheduled to face Steven Peterson in his UFC debut, but Peterson withdrew due to unspecified reasons just under three weeks before the fight. In steps Carlyle, who is riding a four-fight winning streak with an 8-1 pro record overall. Cruz sits at approximately a (-175) betting favorite as of Monday evening.
Debuting at UFC Norfolk
FeatherweightUFC
December 30, 2019
Cruz will face Steven Peterson in a featherweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, Jami Frankenberry of The Virginian-Pilot reports.
ANALYSIS
Cruz earned a contract at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in July by defeating Steven Nguyen via KO (flying knee) in a fight where he was able to defend well against Nguyen's strikes and use his own reach advantage to stay in the fight before he knocked Nguyen out with a perfectly-timed knee. Peterson is 2-3 in his UFC career, although his most recent fight ended in a victory over Martin Bravo via KO (spinning backfist) at UFC Mexico City in September. Despite Peterson's victory, he put together a mediocre performance prior to his brilliant finish. Cruz will look to use his considerable advantages in height and reach to gain an edge over Peterson.
Secures contract with late flying knee
FeatherweightUFC
July 31, 2019
Cruz defeated Steven Nguyen via KO (flying knee) at 4:36 of Round 3 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was awarded one of four UFC contracts after the event.
ANALYSIS
Cruz entered this fight as a (+140) betting underdog and while it was clear early he wasn't going to be the primary aggressor in this fight, he used his five-inch edge in reach to his advantage, keeping the distance and setting the stage for counter shots. His defense on the feet was impressive, and the fact Nguyen kept hitting air left him vulnerable to hard kicks as well. It took until the final minute of the fight for Cruz to perfectly measure Nguyen's timing, as Nguyen charged forward once again only to be met with a perfectly-timed knee that put him to sleep (video courtesy of ESPN MMA). Dana White couldn't hide his excitement, making it clear that Cruz's next fight would come under the UFC banner. His massive, 78-inch reach will be a major asset no matter who he matches up against in the featherweight division.