Dominick Cruz is a former five-time UFC Bantamweight Champion, a former Total Combat Lightweight champion, and a former three-time WEC Bantamweight Champion. He is one of the rare fighters who fought in three weight classes.
Dominick Rojelio Cruz
22 Wins // 3 Losses // 0 Draws
Dominick Cruz is currently 35 years old according to his date of birth March 9, 1985.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
135 lbs (61 kg)
68 inches (170 cm)
Team: Alliance MMA
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Dominick Cruz can easily be called a master of a decision victory. In his career, Dominick Cruz has 13 decision victories. He rarely goes for a knockout, despite his punching skills are good. The Dominator is known as the competitor with the highest number of injuries in the history of UFC Bantamweight division.
He has an outstanding left overhand and one of the best punch avoidance ever seen. Dominick Cruz even knows to take his hands down and evade three or four punches in a row. His right uppercut almost always finds its mark. The Dominator attacks very quickly and usually deliver a combo where at least one strike is a kick. He tries to stay off the clinch.
He can fight off both stances, and his lightning-fast punches are usually followed by a low kick or a high kick. When you fight Cruz, you never know what strike comes next. He is one of the tallest fighters in the division.
Dominick Cruz is known for endless cardio and excellent stamina. Despite he is a BJJ blue belt, he has only one submission victory in his career. On the ground, he usually tries to punch the opponent out. He has good takedown defense. The Dominator is known for constant movement, use of feints, and tremendous footwork too.
The Road To The Top
Dominick Cruz had his MMA debut at Rage in The Cage 67 versus Eddie Castro on January 29, 2005. He won the fight via split decision.
He fought in the smaller promotions, like Total Combat and WEC. He has suffered his only submission loss versus Urijah Faber at WEC 26 on March 24, 2007. Dominick Cruz had the fastest victory of his career at Rage in The Cage 73, when he defeated Tom Schwager via TKO after only 0:56 in the first round. He joined the UFC with the score of 17-1.
Dominick Cruz – UFC Career
Dominick Cruz had already been promoted to a UFC Bantamweight champion after his victory over Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 since WEC merged with UFC.
Dominick Cruz – Successful Title Defenses
Dominick Cruz had his UFC debut at UFC 132 on July 2, 2011, where he was defending the title versus Urijah Faber. The two fought in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the main event of the evening. After five great rounds, Dominick Cruz won the fight via unanimous decision.
It was a tight fight since Faber dropped Cruz few times with strikes, while Cruz was delivering heavy kicks and punches, followed by stunning takedowns. Both fighters received The Fight Of The Night Bonus.
The Dominator faced Demetrious Johnson at UFC On Versus 6, on October 1, 2011, in the main event of the evening, in Washington D.C., USA. Despite Cruz broke his hand in the first round, he was able to defeat Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision. He was superior during all five rounds.
Dominick Cruz – String Of Injuries And Title Vacation
Dominick Cruz should have a rematch with Urijah Faber at UFC 148 but he suffered a torn ACL injury. He had two ACL surgeries. He should face Renan Barao at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014, but he tore his groin and vacated his UFC Bantamweight Championship title.
The Dominator returned to the UFC on September 27, 2014, and he faced Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178. Cruz won after only 1:01 in the first round via KO, after punching the downed opponent. He earned his fastest victory in UFC career. He earned the Performance Of The Night award. Unfortunately, in December 2014 it was announced that Cruz had torn ACL in his other leg.
Dominick Cruz Vs TJ Dillashaw – UFC Fight Night 81 Title Shot
Dominick Cruz fought TJ Dillashaw in the main event of the evening on January 17, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. The fight was very interesting to watch, and both fighters were really throwing everything they had. It was one of the best UFC comebacks ever.
The Dominator won the fight via split decision, and both fighters were awarded the Fight Of The Night bonus.
Dominick Cruz – UFC 199 Title Defense
Dominick Cruz faced Urijah Faber in a rematch on June 4, 2016, in the co-main event of the evening, which was held in Inglewood, California. This time, Dominick Cruz was more than dominant. All three judges scored with significant differences on the scorecards. After five rounds, The Dominator won via unanimous decision and maintained his Bantamweight title.
Dominick Cruz Vs Cody Garbrandt – UFC 207 Title Loss
Dominick Cruz faced Cody Garbrandt on December 30, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the co-main event of the evening. After a heavy word exchange and an incident at the weigh-in, we saw excellent five rounds of boxing and wrestling.
The Dominator demonstrated his endurance – Garbrandt rocked him four times and sent him to the ground but he stood up and continued fighting every time. Despite the cut under his right eye, Cruz ended the fight. It was one of the fights with the highest amount of trash talk. Both participants were awarded the Performance Of The Night bonus, and Cody Garbrandt won via unanimous decision. Cruz even confessed a few months later that he had plantar fascia tendinitis problems at the training camp.
Dominick Cruz should face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 but he suffered a broken arm and had to withdraw.