Newly-crowned UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz recently spoke to FightersOnly.com about his recent masterful title defense over the very tough Scott Jorgensen.
The bout went down at the WEC’s last fight card before being completely absorbed by the UFC: WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis, which went down earlier this month. Cruz used footwork and a high volume of accurate strikes to keep Jorgensen away and off-balanced, and he told Fighters Only that this is part of his style other opponents are going to have to find a way to deal with.
“I think speed is always going to be something that people have to deal with with me,” Cruz asserted. “It’s also gonna be the movement. I’m hard to catch. Everybody’s game plan that so far that I’ve fought has been to cut me off in the cage, but it’s a lot harder to do because I don’t just run, I also beat the hell out of you.”
“The Dominator” believes his recent title defense proves his position as not only the best bantamweight fighter in the world, but also as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the game.
“I almost broke a record on landed strikes tonight and I was trying to finish the fight, as I do with every fight,” he said. “It’s my second title defense but fourth title fight altogether. I know that I’m pound-for-pound one of the best in the world and I know that I’m the best at 135 in the world. All I can do is keep winning and putting on good shows for the fans and everybody and hopefully I can earn the respect from everybody.”
It is being widely speculated that Cruz will be making his next title defense against WEC poster boy Urijah Faber and the 25-year old Alliance MMA team member recently indicated that he would be willing to put off a needed hand surgery in order to take on “The California Kid.”
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