Dominick Cruz had a plan of attack and stuck to it for the better part of five rounds and 25 minutes vs. T.J. Dillashaw over the weekend.
In the end, “The Dominator” believes that was the difference in his hand being raised the winner and reclaiming the UFC bantamweight title at UFC Fight Night 81.
“The big thing was takedowns. He had 100-percent takedown defense before this fight,” said Cruz, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “And I had to take that away from him because he throws a lot of kicks. Anyone who throws a lot of kicks, I’m going to make you pay for them. And I had to counter him when he came straight down the middle. Those were keys, mixed in with long combinations.”
While the better part of four years were spent recovering from knee surgeries and a groin injury, Cruz didn’t escape the TD Garden and Boston injury-free. Prior to the contest, the former WEC champion injured his foot.
“I have Plantar Fasciitis Tendonitis. I didn’t want to talk about it,” he said. “If people ask me, I’ve got to talk about it. It’s very painful. The leg kicks landed but weren’t hurting. I’ve been kicked in the legs for the last 12 weeks.”
As for what might be next, another installment of the Cruz-Urijah Faber legacy isn’t really on the mind of the champ.
“I’m still talking about him? I don’t even want to talk about him,” he stated. “How many title shots has he had? Look at all these guys looking to take out a guy who’s had one minute of fighting in the last four years. So I guess I’ve got to pat myself on the back.”