“Let Go of the Ego”- Dominick Cruz Explains the Changes He Made to His Mentality

Published 12/13/2021, 6:03 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Dominick Cruz awaits the official decision after his UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz turned back the clock at UFC 269 as ‘Dominator’ clinched a victory in a thrilling match against fellow bantamweight competitor Pedro Munhoz. The bout started with Munhoz on top as he managed to land some serious blows on the former champ in the fight’s opener. Fans even speculated that the fight will conclude in the first round itself.

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However, Cruz had other plans in mind. As the 36-year-old bounced back from a depressing first round. ‘The Dominator’ gained some ground in the second round and continued the same form in the final round as well. Finally, this strategy granted the UFC legend a unanimous decision victory over ‘The Young Punisher’.

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Dominick Cruz’s humbling experience

At the post-fight conference, reporters asked Cruz about his win and what made his comeback successful. The two-time bantamweight champion replied to the question modestly. “Well,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌say‌ whatever‌ ‌you‌ ‌want,‌ ‌but‌ ‌none‌ ‌of‌ ‌us‌ ‌knows. So,‌ ‌you‌ ‌just‌ ‌put‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌work. I‌ ‌put‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌rounds. I‌ ‌put‌ in‌ ‌the‌ ‌work‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌showed‌ ‌up‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌execute.‌”

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‌”It‌ ‌hasn’t‌ ‌always‌ ‌gone‌ ‌my‌ ‌way.‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌got‌ three‌ ‌‌losses, you‌ ‌know.‌ ‌So,‌ ‌I‌ ‌learn‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌from‌ ‌my‌ ‌losses‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌adjustments;‌ ‌I‌ ‌think.‌ ” He replied.

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Furthermore, Cruz explained the changes he has made to his lifestyle to cope up with everything around him. He also outlined how his losses made an impact on his opinions and made him humble down.
Even my media, I’m speaking differently. I have a different view on this whole thing, this whole game. After winning the title, losing the title, winning the title, losing the title. And then now they got me, you know, down number 9 and just working my way back up the rankings, like it’s a humbling experience. Let go of the ego. Be a team with everybody. I need the whole division to be who I am.”

Dominick Cruz is the most successful bantamweight in UFC history

With a win over Pedro Munhoz (19-7) at UFC 269, Cruz has amassed himself 14 victories in the bantamweight division. This is the highest number of wins by any fighter in the history of the 135-pound weight class. Cruz (24-3) surpassed TJ Dillashaw, who has 13 victories, to achieve this feat. Moreover, the record includes combined victories of the fighters in the UFC/WEC.

Chiefly, fans consider ‘The Dominator’ to be one of the greatest bantamweight fighters in the world. And with this incredible feat, the 36-year-old has proved them right. The former two-time bantamweight champ has now built up a two-fight win streak. Currently, he has 24 wins and 3 losses to his name in professional MMA.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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