The long awaited return of the former Bantamweight Champion has officially been announced by the UFC. Dominick Cruz is set to return to action on January 17th in Boston Massachusetts, and his welcome back party is no easy task. Cruz will be challenging current Men’s Bantamweight Champion T.J Dillashaw.
Cruz has unfortunately been injured a number of times during his time with the UFC. He is undefeated in his three UFC fights with wins over Urijah Faber, Takeya Mizugaki, and current Flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson. Although Cruz is undefeated in the UFC, his three wins have been stretched over a span of four years due to a period of unfortunate luck for the previous Bantamweight champ. After his first two wins (Faber, and Johnson) Cruz was set to coach opposite Urijah Faber to complete their fighting trilogy; both men had previously defeated one another, Cruz’s only professional loss to date was against Faber. Ultimately however, Cruz was forced to withdraw from the fight in May of 2012 due to a torn ACL. Later that year in December of 2012 it was revealed that Cruz underwent yet another ACL surgery due to his body rejecting the previous cadaver.
Fast forward to 2014, Renan Barao is now dominating the Bantamweight division and a highly anticipated unification bout between him and Cruz are supposed to fight for the belt and unify the interim belt and the championship belt. And the injury bug struck Cruz again, Cruz had torn his groin muscle and was forced to vacate his championship belt.
After nearly three years away from the UFC due to an unfortunate string of injuries, Cruz finally made his return to the Octagon in September of 2014 to face Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz made short work of the surging Bantamweight knocking him out in one minute. During his time away; current Bantamweight T.J Dillashaw had won the belt from Renan Barao, where he stunned the champ in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Things were finally looking up for Cruz, after his win at UFC 178, when Dana White had announced that he would be facing T.J Dillashaw for the belt. However, the injury bug continued to plague Dominick and he tore his ACL in the opposite knee in December of 2014, further prolonging his chance at a belt he never lost in the Octagon.
So finally, the bout one year in the making is taking place in early 2016, and it is sure to provide fireworks due to the outstanding feud the two have conducted as of late! It goes without saying that everyone in the MMA world wanted this fight to happen and we are all looking forward to the return of Dominick Cruz.
Stay tuned to MMA Latest news as more fights get announced for the Boston Card!
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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