After two years Dominick Cruz has regained his UFC bantamweight title by beating T.J Dillashaw in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 held at Boston’s TD Gardens.
The San Diego native had been crippled with injuries but his hope remained undefeated and today he stands as the new UFC bantamweight king after having won the match through split decision.
25 minutes of heavy battle in the Octagon and finally Cruz won the match after two out of the three judges ruled the decision in Cruz’s favour. The judges’ scores were 48-47, 46-49, and 49-46 in favor of Cruz (21-1).
The opening round was dominated by Cruz’s brilliant footwork and movement, while Dillashaw chased after him endlessly and punching some shots every now and then.
The second and third rounds were hands down all Cruz’s. Like a Ninja, Cruz’s movements were precise, lethal and powerful.
However, Dillashaw dominated the last 10 minutes of the game putting Cruz under too much pressure. But as luck would have it, Cruz won the match.
Speaking about his victory, Cruz said: “There’s no such thing as rust. Rust does not exist unless you don’t train hard enough. That’s why I’m here,” reports MMA Fighting.
“No one is retiring me except for me, I’ve been through too much,” Cruz said according to the report. “The only thing surprising is I had to to show something to myself. It wasn’t what he had me, [Demetrious Johnson is] faster, [Joseph] Benavidez hits harder, [Urijah], as much as I don’t like him is a tougher guy. All these guys built me into who I am now.”
It was Cruz’s second fight since October 2011.
Dillashaw however, is disappointed and feels that he did enough to win the judge’s decision.
“I’m very disappointed,” Dillashaw said. “Thought I was aggressor, pushed the pace, controlled the shots. That’s the way it is. Props to Cruz for all the things he came back from and got done.”