‘You’re Keeping Yourself Safe’- Dominick Cruz Hits Back at Henry Cejudo for Still ‘Chirping’

Published 02/26/2021, 5:00 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Dominick Cruz talks with UFC president Dana White after his TKO loss to Henry Cejudo 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 is definitely in contention to be considered as the greatest bantamweight to have ever fought in the UFC. Although recent results have not gone his way, Cruz is still only 35-years old and has a lot of time to bounce back and build himself up back again.

The road back to the top for ‘The Dominator’ starts at UFC 259. The former champion will take on Casey Kenney as the featured bout on the preliminary card at the third PPV of the year. Dominick Cruz on the preliminary card gives fans an idea of just how stacked the three title fight card is. 

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Ahead of his return, Cruz had plenty to say about his previous fight and opponent.

Read: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno rematch set for UFC 263

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Dominick Cruz shares his thoughts on the aftermath of UFC 249 

In an interview, Ariel Helwani asked Dominick Cruz if he was able to get over his loss against Cejudo or if he was angry about it. 

He said, “Well, what’s hard about it is uh, he retired after that. To not have to face anybody and then he’s still chirping, you know? So, it’s not championship stuff when you do that to me. You’re keeping yourself safe and trying to find yourself until you’re in the right position to come back. The only reason I say that is because I can remember holding the belt through multiple injuries and how much stress I went through….”

Cruz continued, “That target on your back. That’s what breaks champions, the target on your back over a long period of time.…. I’ve done that before I have cleaned out the division. Whether the new fans know that now or not, I’ve been that guy… to me that’s the sign of a real champion. Isn’t if you can win the belt, it’s about how long you can hold it.”

Since his win over Cruz, Cejudo has maintained that he is retired. However, he has also, on multiple occasions stated that he would return for a big payday or a third belt. This is not how a champion operates according to ‘The dominator’

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Dominick Cruz has not won a fight at bantamweight since June 2016. He will aim to get back into the win column in a few weeks’ time when he takes on Casey Kenney

Casey is currently riding a three-fight win streak and he will definitely be a tough challenge for Cruz. If ‘The Dominator’ is able to win the fight, he will catapult himself right back to the top of the 135-pound division. 

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Do you see Cruz winning? What do you make of his comments on Cejudo?

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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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