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Dominick Cruz

Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz

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  • Given Name: Dominick Rojelio Cruz
  • MMA Record: 22-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Dominator
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1985.09.03
  • Last Fight: December 30, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Alliance MMA
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 68.0" (173cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,256,000 USD
  • Born: Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Diego, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

Dominick Cruz Bantamweight Ranking History

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Dominick Cruz MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Cody Garbrandt
22-1-0 10-0-0

Us UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2016.12.30
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $400,000 ($350K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC 207 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Urijah Faber
21-1-0 33-8-0

Us UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2016.06.04
Odds: -425 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $350,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us T.J. Dillashaw
20-1-0 12-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2016.01.17
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $160,000 ($55K Base, $55K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#6 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
#62 Greatest Fight of All Time
UFC Fight Night 81 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3

Jp Takeya Mizugaki
19-1-0 20-7-2

Us UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.09.27
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni | Walkout Music: Jay Z - Public Service Announcement / Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill a Man
#28 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC 178 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Renan Barão UFC 169 2014.02.01
Reason: Cruz Torn Groin
Cancelled Bout Urijah Faber UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Cruz Torn ACL
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Demetrious Johnson
18-1-0 14-1-0

Us UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson
Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2011.10.01
Odds: -560 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#11 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Urijah Faber
17-1-0 25-4-0

Us UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2011.07.02
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $115,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $75K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#37 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 132 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Scott Jorgensen
16-1-0 11-3-0

Us WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2010.12.16
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.5 lbs (61.0 kgs) | Referee: Neil Sarembock
#26 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Joseph Benavidez
15-1-0 12-1-0

Us WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2010.08.18
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#6 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 5, 10:00 Total

Us Brian Bowles
14-1-0 8-0-0

Us WEC 47: Bowles vs Cruz
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2010.03.06
Odds: +232 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 ($9K Base, $9K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#4 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Joseph Benavidez
13-1-0 10-0-0

Us WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.08.09
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus, $10K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#5 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 42 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 13:24 Total

Mx Ivan Lopez
12-1-0 8-0-0

Us WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.04.05
Odds: -453 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Robert Long
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Ian McCall
11-1-0 7-1-0

Us WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.01.25
Odds: -401 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Charlie Valencia
10-1-0 9-4-0

Us WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2008.06.01
Odds: -141 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Kenneth Aimes

Us Total Combat

2008.03.22
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:38 Round 1 of 5

Us Urijah Faber
9-0-0 17-1-0

Us WEC 26: Condit vs Alessio
Main Card | Title Challenge | Featherweight | 145

2007.03.24
Odds: +550 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#19 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Shad Smith

Us Total Combat

2006.11.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Juan Miranda

Us Total Combat

2006.09.09
Win | Decision | Split

Us Dave Hisquierdo

Us Total Combat

2006.07.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Michael Barney

Us Rage in the Cage

2006.02.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Nick Hedrick

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.09.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Josh Donahue

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.09.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tom Schwager

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.08.06
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Rosco McClellan

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.06.11
Win | Decision | Split

Us Eddie Castro

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.01.29

Dominick Cruz Wiki Update Wiki

After winning 9 straight contests without a loss to begin his professional career, Dominick Cruz jumped right into the deep end with his WEC debut in 2007, losing the first fight of his career to reigning WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. Following the loss, Cruz dropped to a more natural weight class of 135 lbs. and put together a five-fight winning streak, defeating the likes of Charlie Valencia, Joseph Benavidez, and Brian Bowles to take the WEC Bantamweight Championship in 2010.


After Capturing the title Cruz defended against Scott Jorgenson and Joseph Benavidez, both by decision. The WEC then merged with the UFC, where he became the company's first bantamweight champion. He was then scheduled to defend against the only person to ever defeat him, as the "California Kid" had recently moved down in weight class. He won that matchup by a close unanimous decision before outpointing future flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.


He was then scheduled for a rubber match with Urijah Faber, after coaching a season of the Ultimate Fighter. However Cruz tore his ACL, and it was announced that his fight was off, and that he would be out for a long time. Cruz was replaced against Faber by Renan Barao, now for the interim championship belt. "The Baron" was victorious and was then scheduled to wait and face Cruz in a unification bout, but the "Dominator" received more bad news as his body had rejected the cadaver tissue to replace his ACL, and he would be out for longer than expected. Barao would instead defend against Michael McDonald


Cruz was then set to return at UFC 168 but suffered a torn groin, prompting the UFC to strip him of his title and declare Barao the undisputed champ. Seven months later Dominick made his return to the octagon a week shy of three years after his last appearance where he blitzed veteran Takeya Mizugaki, knocking him out in 61 seconds. This was the first knockout loss for Mizugaki in nearly eight years and was Cruz's first finish, barring an injury victory against Brian Bowles, in six. He was inactive between October 1, 2011 and September 27, 2014 first due to TUF, and then multiple injuries.


Although he boasts one of the most impressive records in the international bantamweight division, Cruz is unique among champions in that he has finished fewer than half of his opponents to date, often striking his way to decision victories rather than knocking opponents out. Cruz has an unusual, and some would argue unsound, approach to striking, bobbing in and out on his opponents with unusual stances and footwork. His natural quickness and reflexes have made the strategy effective, and Cruz remains among the world’s top bantamweights. It is also worth mentioning 3 of the top flyweights in the world lost to Cruz before moving down to flyweight. Cruz defeated Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez (twice), and Demetrious Johnson, before they were named three of the four participants of a tournament to crown the first UFC Flyweight Champion.



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