UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has two sides to himself.
First, there is the outside-the-cage Cruz that is always willing to smile for a photograph with a fan, stop a sign an autograph, or just have a small chat.
But, once Cruz steps inside the Octagon and that cage closes, he turns into a monster.
“I don’t go out of my way to be super nice it’s fight time,” Cruz said. “When it’s fight time, I’m in there to kill you. I don’t care how nice I’ve talked about you, I don’t care how respectful I am; when it’s time to fight, I’m going to kill you.”
Cruz will show that same intensity when he faces Demetrious Johnson on October 1 at UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson with his UFC title on the line.
This will be an interesting bout for Cruz, as “Mighty Mouse” is a very quick fighter with excellent submissions, as evident by his 10-1 record with five submission victories.
“I know how to use my range and he has a very long distance to close in order to use any of his grappling skills, which is something that I’ve been able to nullify from everybody that I’ve fought,” Cruz said. “I can have this fight wherever I want it.”
“The Dominator” is coming off a victory over Urijah Faber in his UFC debut, pushing his mark to 18-1. He will hold a two-inch reach advantage over Johnson.
For Cruz, the move to the UFC has not changed who he is. He isn’t hanging out with big-time celebrities, or attending more parties. No, Cruz is just focusing on one thing: being the best.
“The reason why I’m not big into the whole partying and living the rock-star life, for lack of a better term, is because I’d rather train,” Cruz said. “I have goals set. I have things that I’m trying to do.
“I want to be pound-for-pound the best fighter on the planet one of these days.”