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Dominick Cruz retains his bantamweight title

Dominick Cruz retains his bantamweight title

I’m being 100% serious when I say I just gulped down a cup of coffee so I can power through and write this fight recap. Call it a kind of method writing, I think being completely jacked on caffeine is the only conceivable way to keep up with the frenetic pace that was set in this match. OK, coffee done, left eye twitching. Lets begin. The fight started out with Demetrious Johnson bulldozing forward, knocking the champ out of his usual footwork laden rhythm. Cruz works the whizzer, multiple reverses happen, punches kicks elbows are thrown from all kinds of angles and levels and a brief takedown by Johnson gets foiled by a spring like Cruz. They separate and regroup. Twenty seconds have passed since the opening bell.

The rest of the fight continues like a game of Tekken with infinite health, both competitors are bouncing around, inside and out landing strikes and leg kicks and things look to be evenly matched. Then halfway through the fight Cruz shifts gears and heads into takedown mode, starting with this amazing belly to back.

Chris Benoit would be proud. Johnson tries to scramble out but Cruz manages to sink in a hook and then works a rear naked choke/neck crank. It looks tight but some how Mighty Mouse manages to escape to his feet yet again. My God this pace. As the match wears on Cruz looks to be getting somewhat tired but is taking down Johnson with relative ease, hip tossing and flat out using the cage. Grinding out the Xbox clad 135’er like a tiny Jake Shields. The final round begins and Mighty Mouse knows he has to make something big happen, it looks like he chugged a Red Bull after the fourth because he is throwing all sorts of strikes and keeping Cruz off balance. Somehow, the champ is able to clinch and control the Tesla like energy of Johnson, taking him to the mat once again, where he pretty much controls the fight until the end.

Joe Rogan interviews Demetrious Johnson post fight and there is literally a swelling growing larger and larger on Mighty Mouse’s cheek before our very eyes. It’s amazing.

Thanks to Tracy Lee for the banner pics and thanks to IronForgesIron for the gifs.

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