UFC Book Another Huge Fight- Dominick Cruz to Return to the Octagon at UFC 259

Published 12/05/2020, 9:10 PM EST


Dominick Cruz is one of the best fighters the UFC’s bantamweight division has seen. He was the champion for the better part of a decade. During his reign he made world-class fighters at 135-pounds look like day one amateurs with his unorthodox movement and high fight IQ. 

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Recently results have not been going his way. However, Cruz is still one of the best at 135 pounds and will be aiming to bounce back with a win over Casey Kenney at UFC 259 in March. 

Dominick is currently ranked #10 in the bantamweight division. Kenney on the other hand is unranked. A win over a top-10 fighter will be an excellent way for Kenney to secure a rank for himself in the top 15.

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Read: “I am a lethal person”- Dominick Cruz explains why he refuses to retire 

Dominick Cruz will be aiming to end a two-fight slump at UFC 259

Recent reports suggest that ‘The Dominator’ will return to the octagon against Casey Kenney at UFC 259 on March 6. The venue and the location for the event are not known at this point in time. The fight against Kenney will be the first non-title bout for ‘The Dominator’ in more than six years. 

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo celebrates after his knockout victory over Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Dominick Cruz was the former WEC champion who switched over to the UFC once the UFC bought out WEC. Ever since joining the UFC, ‘The Dominator’ has been the champion at 135 pounds. He has defended his belt multiple times. However, injuries have meant that he could never be as active as he would have liked. Cruz has fought just ten times over the past ten years. 

His last fight in the octagon was against the former champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 249. He was stopped in the second round of the fight. In the process lost the chance to reclaim the title he lost to Cody Garbrandt in 2017. 

Casey Kenney is on a three-fight win streak, all three wins have come in this year over tough adversaries. Since joining the UFC, Kenney has endured only one loss and is 5-1 in the promotion so far. 

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For Cruz, the fight is an excellent opportunity to bounce back to the win column and eventually get his title back. For Casey, this fight is an excellent opportunity to prove himself against a top 10 opponent and a former champion in ‘The Dominator’.

What do you make of this booking?

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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