135-pound fighter Dominick Cruz controlled most every moment of each of the five rounds he battled Scott Jorgensen in to retain his WEC Bantamweight belt and also earn the first ever UFC Bantamweight Championship belt.
Cruz showed deft head movement and footwork in defending his belt against Jorgensen, a solid wrestler from Boise State University. The 25-year old bantamweight champ didn’t lose a single round against Jorgensen, who fought gamely but couldn’t find an answer for Cruz’s multi-pronged attack.
The creative 25-year old champion baffled Jorgensen with the angles from which he threw his strikes and made “Young Guns” miss repeatedly with expert head movement and distance control.
A native of Tucson, Arizona fighting out of San Diego, California with Alliance MMA under guru Lloyd Irvin, Cruz made history in becoming the first ever UFC 135-pound champion. His next belt defense will come under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner and could come against former WEC Featherweight Champion and WEC poster boy Urijah Faber.
Faber is the only man to hold a win over Cruz, defeating the current 135-pound kingpin by first round guillotine choke back in March of 2007 when Cruz was still competing as a featherweight. Faber recently dropped to bantamweight after a string of unsuccessful title fights and has called out Cruz on more than one occasion.
Cruz returned the favor, stating in his post-fight speech that he is ready to take on “The California Kid” in a rematch for his next title defense. “The Dominator” improves his record to 17-1 with the big win over Jorgensen and increases his current win streak to eight in a row.