MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: CRUZ RUMORED TO RETURN AT UFC 177

The former bantamweight champion might be returning to the cage that this summer for the first time in almost three decades. It was reported that this week on UFC Tonight the Dominick Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is targeting a return to the Octagon at UFC 177, which is set to take place August 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Cruz’ head trainer at Alliance MMA at San Diego, Eric Del Fierro, their camp wants Cruz to shoot on top competition Takeya Mizugaki in his comeback match. With a win over Mizugaki, Cruz would put himself really near getting another crack. Cruz hasn’t fought since October 2011, when he defeated present UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson through five-round unanimous decision in a strategic event. Total Cruz defended the UFC/WEC bantamweight title four times between 2010 and 2011 before suffering a significant knee injury in 2012 which has kept him out of the cage for more than two decades now. But it ought to be noted that he currently has one of the longest winning streaks of any fighter in the division with 10-straight victories over the likes of Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, Ian McCall, as well as the above Johnson. Despite missing so much time, the UFC let him hold on his belt until this past year, when enough was enough and the promotion stripped the name from him and gave it into interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. UFC president Dana White explained that Cruz would exude an immediate name shot upon his return into the cage, but with TJ Dillashaw bothering Barao and taking the name this past May at UFC 173, it makes more sense for Cruz to combat somebody else prior to getting another crack in the belt. A struggle between Cruz and Mizugaki would be outstanding, and it might help ascertain where exactly”The Dominator” fits in the division at the present time. At one stage he was considered one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters on earth, but after missing so much time with harm and having so much cage rust, so it is logical for him to struggle somebody first before getting his title shot, and the matchup between Mizugaki makes a whole lot of sense. Whether this struggle goes does, Cruz would put in the struggle as a minor favorite but with so much time and also with Mizugaki on this a nice streak right now, there’s no way it’s a gimme struggle by any means and there might certainly be an upset brewing if Cruz is not anywhere near what he used to seem like.
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