Re-live Dominick Cruz’s January 2016 upset win versus T.J Dillashaw ahead of his UFC 249 title battle with Henry Cejudo May 9.
Dominick Cruz has actually had actually a profession filled with wins, injuries, and titles. Each time he has actually returned from an enormous layoff, he has actually silenced his skeptics.
Cruz will have the chance to make more history next Saturday, May 9, as he handles newly-crowned bantamweight champ, Henry Cejudo, in the show’s co-headliner.
In the lead- approximately the battle, the UFC launched Cruz’s upset triumph over T.J. Dillashaw as part of its Free Battle series on YouTube.
Cruz beat Dillashaw in a razor-close split decision (48-47 49-46 x2). The triumph made Cruz the UFC bantamweight title for the second time, as he was the promo’s inaugural champ after the WEC and UFC combined in 2011.
Cruz has actually been thought about one of the very best bantamweights on the planet, beating the likes of Urijah Faber (two times), Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
Due to a wide variety of knee injuries and ACL tears, Cruz has actually not battled considering that losing his belt to Cody Garbrandt in December of 2016.
While recuperating from injuries, Cruz works as a color analyst and analyst for the UFC and ESPN. Cruz is a last-minute replacement for Cejudo, who was initially arranged to eliminate Jose Aldo, however travel limitations ditched the bout.
Dillashaw, on the other hand, was a fairly unidentified bantamweight possibility upon going into TUF in2011 He had a fast start to his UFC run, winning 4 out of his first 5 battles.
A loss to Raphael Assuncao saw Dillashaw recover with a consentaneous decision win versus Mike Easton.
The triumph made Dillashaw a brief notification bantamweight title shot, distressing Renan Baraò in the 5th round at UFC 173.
Dillashaw would go on to protect his title two times prior to losing to Cruz in January of2016 Ever since, Dillashaw has actually gone 4-1, consisting of 2 wins versus Garbrandt, respectively.
Currently, Dillashaw is non-active due to a January 2019 suspension by the NYSAC in which he evaluated favorable for a prohibited compound.
A rematch might take place in the future, however for now, only time will inform.
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