“He’s One of the Best in the World!”- Dana White Weighs in on Dominick Cruz vs Henry Cejudo

Published 04/25/2020, 8:29 AM EDT


Dominick Cruz associates with the UFC and MMA on many levels. His varied roles include appearing as a ringside commentator and a sports analyst at ESPN. However, as a fighter, he last made his appearance in December 2016.

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The 35-year-old is a two-time Bantamweight titleholder. He is scheduled to face the current champion, Henry Cejudo, at UFC 249. But, naturally, people have their doubts about whether “The Dominator” will be able to dominate like he used to.

After all, his last appearance inside the Octagon was not all that great. In a title fight with Cody Garbrandt, Cruz lost out on his belt as Cody won via unanimous decision.

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But UFC Dana White has no doubts about the matchup and Cruz’s ability. In an interview with ESPN, he said, “For a guy like Henry Cejudo; who literally is willing to fight anybody and wants to fight all the best; you want Jose Aldo[s], the Dominick Cruz’s and [those kinds] of guys on your resume.”

Without a doubt, Dominick Cruz is still regarded as one of the greatest. And Cejudo is up to the challenge. He has called Cruz out on a variety of occasions on his path to becoming the greatest.

Why does Dominick Cruz have just as good a chance of winning as ever?

Even though Cruz will enter the Octagon after a long three-and-a-half years, he still stands a huge chance of outdoing expectations. Here’s why.

First off, this is not the first time that Cruz will enter a title bout after a long break. After his fight with Takeya Mizugaki in 2014, Cruz sidelined throughout 2015 because of his ACL tear. After roughly 2 years of absence from the octagon, he faced “Lieutenant Dan” T.J. Dillashaw and beat him to become the Bantamweight champion.

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Similarly, Cruz has a long history of battles against injuries. The same has often caused him to take long breaks from professional fighting. Yet, whenever he returns, he puts up a performance worth remembering. Speaking on the same lines, Dana said,

“[Cruz] is still one of the best in the world. He’s one of the best in the world. He’s a guy who has been incredibly plagued with injuries throughout his career. But, he’s still looked at as one of the best in the world”

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Do you think Cruz will make a remarkable return to former glory by beating Henry Cejudo?

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