For Dominick Cruz, the focus remains completely on the fight at hand. However, that doesn’t mean the UFC bantamweight champion hasn’t thought about a future at featherweight down the road.
Cruz meets Demetrious Johnson Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Versus 6 from Washington, D.C. It will be his second UFC title defense of the year, as he toppled Urijah Faber in July.
After competing as a featherweight during his early career, which included his first and only loss to Faber for the WEC featherweight title in 2007, Cruz has been the king of the bantamweight division. He owns nine consecutive wins, including three straight title defenses since taking the strap from Brian Bowles in 2010.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much,” said Cruz, regarding a move to featherweight in a recent interview with ESPN.com. “Each fight, I’m focused on the fighter I’m up against. But, I will say that I’m not going to turn down the opportunity (to fight for the featherweight title) if it comes up in the future.”
The timeframe for Cruz to make the move is not being discussed by anyone in the UFC at the moment, as those in charge believe in cleaning out a division before making a jump, including UFC vice president of community relations, Reed Harris.
“We have a lot of guys coming up. There’s Michael McDonald; there are a whole lot of guys,” said Harris, of the bantamweight division. “As these guys evolve and come up through the ranks, there will always be guys for (Cruz) to fight. We have guys moving from lightweight to featherweight, and from featherweight to bantamweight, so there is always going to be competition for (Cruz and current 145-pound champ Jose Aldo).”
For now, Cruz will remain geared on defending his crown for a fourth consecutive time when he meets “Mighty Mouse” this weekend. FightLine.com will have complete coverage of UFC on Versus 6, which will be broadcast live on the Versus Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET.