The former bantamweight champion could be returning to the cage this summer for the first time in almost three years. It was reported this week on UFC Tonight the Dominick Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is targeting a return to the Octagon at UFC 177, which can be set to take place August 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Cruz’ head trainer at Alliance MMA at San Diego, Eric Del Fierro, their camp needs Cruz to take on top competition Takeya Mizugaki in his comeback game. With a win over Mizugaki, Cruz would put himself close to getting another crack in the belt in 135lbs. Cruz has not fought since October 2011, when he conquered current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson through five-round unanimous decision in a tactical affair. Total Cruz defended the UFC/WEC bantamweight title four times between 2010 and 2011 before suffering a major knee injury in 2012 that has kept him from the cage for over two years now. However, it should be noted that he has one of the greatest winning streaks of any fighter in the division with 10-straight successes over the likes of Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, Ian McCall, as well as the above Johnson. Despite lost so much time, the UFC allow him hold onto his belt till last year, when enough was enough and the promotion stripped off the title from him and gave it into interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. UFC president Dana White said that Cruz would garner an immediate title shot on his return into the cage, but using TJ Dillashaw upsetting Barao and taking the title this past May in UFC 173, it makes more sense for Cruz to combat someone else prior to getting another crack in the belt. A struggle between Cruz and Mizugaki are excellent, and it might help determine where exactly”The Dominator” fits in the branch at the current moment. At one point he had been considered one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters on earth, but after missing so much time with injury and with so much cage rust, so it makes sense for him to struggle somebody first before obtaining his title shot, and the matchup between Mizugaki leaves a great deal of sense. Whether this fight goes , Cruz would enter the struggle as a slight favorite but with this much time and also with Mizugaki on this a wonderful series at the moment, there is no way it’s a gimme struggle by any means and there might certainly be an upset brewing if Cruz is not anywhere near what he was used to look like.
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