The former bantamweight champion could be returning to the cage this summer for the first time in nearly 3 years. It was reported that this week on UFC Tonight the Dominick Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is targeting a return to the Octagon at UFC 177, which is set to take place August 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Cruz’ head trainer at Alliance MMA in San Diego, Eric Del Fierro, their camp wants Cruz to shoot on top competition Takeya Mizugaki in his comeback game. With a win over Mizugaki, Cruz would put himself very close to getting another crack at the belt at 135lbs. Cruz has not fought since October 2011, when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson via five-round unanimous decision in a tactical event. Total Cruz defended the UFC/WEC bantamweight title four occasions between 2010 and 2011 before suffering a significant knee injury in 2012 which has kept him out of the cage for more than two decades now. However, it should be noted that he currently has among the greatest winning streaks of fighter in the branch with 10-straight victories over the likes of Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, Ian McCall, as well as the above Johnson. Despite lost so much time, the UFC allow him hold onto his belt till this past year, when enough was enough and also the promotion stripped the title from him and gave it to interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. UFC president Dana White explained that Cruz would garner an immediate name shot upon his return into the cage, but with TJ Dillashaw upsetting Barao and taking the name this past May at UFC 173, it makes more sense for Cruz to fight somebody else prior to getting another crack at the belt. A struggle between Cruz and Mizugaki are excellent, and it might help determine where precisely”The Dominator” matches in the division at the present time. At one point he had been considered one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters on earth, but after missing so much time with harm and with so much cage rust, it is logical for him to struggle someone first before getting his title shot, and the matchup involving Mizugaki makes a great deal of sense. Whether this struggle goes , Cruz would put in the struggle as a minor favorite but with this much time and also with Mizugaki on such a nice streak right now, there is no way it’s a gimme fight by any means and there might surely be an upset brewing if Cruz is not anywhere near what he used to look like.
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