Dominick Cruz has had a rough 2 years. The last time he fought was October 2011 dominating a pound-for-pound favorite in Demetrious Johnson.
He was the face of the UFC bantamweight division with his 1980’s Tom Cruise looks and unique fighting style. Then he signed on to coach the Ultimate Fighter against arch nemesis Urijah Faber. All was well until he blew out his knee in practice. During the end of his recovery, Cruz had to undergo ANOTHER surgery because his body rejected the cadaver placed in his knee.
Now he is back at full health after two years of training, but will he be really same fighter? Probably not. He was commonly touted as the fighter with the best footwork in the game. He will now face interim title holder Renan Barao to unify the belts. Barao is on an absolute tear and is hungry for the undisputed crown at 135.
There will be no doubt that Barao is the clear favorite in this fight, but just maybe, Cruz can pull off an upset. The only way I see him winning is implementing a smart gameplan utilizing his in-and-out striking style. I’d love Cruz implement a similar strategy that Carlos Condit used against Nick Diaz. To never get into a brawl with Barao and to strike and circle away from danger constantly.
We will have to wait till Feburary 1, 2014 to see this battle. Good luck Dom!