Fresh off the first defense of his UFC Bantamweight title, Dominick Cruz wasted little time in acquiring a new contender to his throne. The challenger will come in the form of “Mighty Mouse” Demetrius Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 on October 1, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The champion took to his Twitter account, @TheDomin8r, just minutes ago to confirm the bout:
“So its official! Demetrious johnson early oct! Time 2 do work!!”
Dominick Cruz (18-1) is one of the more polarizing figures in today’s MMA, which can be at least partly attributed to his unconventional fighting style. This month, Cruz retained his UFC Bantamweight Championship against Urijah Faber in a five-round thriller that saw the champion get rocked repeatedly by “The California Kid” only to recover and return the favor with snap takedowns, an impressive volume of strikes, and a fighting posture of lunging in and out of range that ultimately set the contender off his game enough to allow the champ to retain his title. The pair had fanned a mild rivalry during the buildup to the fight, all of which was largely a product of their first meeting, where Faber finished a younger Cruz with a first round submission. Cruz has not lost since that defeat over four years ago. His winning string includes a roster of quality competition which includes Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez twice, and Scott Jorgensen.
At UFC on Versus 6, the champion will face Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (10-1), who comes off a big win over perennial contender and former 135-pound champion, Miguel Torres. Johnson has won four straight including the fight with Torres, besting the likes of Nick Pace, Damacio Page, and the internationally-acclaimed Kid Yamamoto. At 5 foot 3 inches tall, “Mighty Mouse” has used his superb wrestling and gas tank to stay in the win column since making the transition to the UFC.
It is the challenger’s wrestling that poses an interesting dilemma to Dominick Cruz. Where Cruz likes to use distance, movement, and his impressive speed to counter opponents and wear them down throughout the fight, Johnson will likely use his wrestling and persistence to grab ahold of the champion and keep him in one place. It is worth noting, however, that Cruz has his own brand of effective grappling, so the result will be up in the air come fight night. Not only does this fight represent one of the more popular fighters in the division taking on a fighter often labeled as being a man fans either love or ‘love to hate’, but this fight will also mark the first time a UFC championship is defended on free television in almost four years.