The former bantamweight champion might be returning to the cage that this summer for the first time in nearly 3 years. It was reported this week on UFC Tonight that Dominick Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is targeting a return to the Octagon at UFC 177, which can be set to take place August 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Cruz’ head coach at Alliance MMA in San Diego, Eric Del Fierro, their camp wants Cruz to take on top contender Takeya Mizugaki in his comeback game. With a triumph over Mizugaki, Cruz would put himself really close to getting another crack. Cruz has not fought since October 2011, when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson via five-round unanimous decision in a tactical affair. Total Cruz defended the UFC/WEC bantamweight title four times between 2010 and 2011 before suffering a significant knee injury in 2012 that has kept him out of the cage for more than two decades now. However, it ought to be noted that he has among the longest winning streaks of any fighter in the division with 10-straight successes over the likes of Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, Ian McCall, as well as the above Johnson. Despite lost so long, the UFC let him hold onto his belt till this past year, when enough was enough and the promotion stripped the title from him and gave it into interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. UFC president Dana White said that Cruz would exude a direct title shot upon his return into the cage, but with TJ Dillashaw bothering Barao and taking the title this past May at UFC 173, it makes more sense for Cruz to fight someone else before getting another crack at the belt. A fight between Cruz and Mizugaki would be excellent, and it might help ascertain where exactly”The Dominator” fits in the branch at the current time. At one stage he was considered one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but after missing a long time with harm and with so much cage rust, so it is logical for him to struggle someone first before obtaining his title shot, and the matchup involving Mizugaki makes a whole lot of sense. If this struggle goes , Cruz would put in the struggle as a minor favorite but with so much time off and with Mizugaki on this a wonderful series at the moment, there is no way it’s a gimme struggle by any means and there could certainly be an upset brewing if Cruz is not anywhere near what he used to seem like.
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