Dominick Cruz had a successful title defense Saturday night in the main event of UFC Live 6, defeating Demetrious Johnson by Unanimous Decision to retain his bantamweight championship. Unfortunately, the night didn’t go completely perfect, as Cruz suffered a broken hand.
Cruz (19-1) broke his left hand and will have surgery soon. He is expected to be placed in a bout with the winner of the upcoming Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles match which is set for UFC 139. “The Dominator” has faced both fighters before, going 2-1 against them both, including a win over Faber earlier this year in defense of his title.
“You know one of the things I respect about the kid? He’s got a broken hand and had one the entire fight,” said UFC President Dana White after the post-fight press conference. “He broke his (left) hand and is going to have surgery. Not only did he not stop fighting and keep coming up 100%, he doesn’t even f*cking say anything about it.”
White said he was told by Cruz after the press conference that he didn’t mention it during the event because he didn’t feel like it mattered, telling White, “What’s the difference? Who cares? I’m going to have surgery and come back.”
Using his reach advantage and superior wrestling skills, Cruz was able to control “Mighty Mouse” throughout the five-round war, as two judges scored the fight 50-45 for Cruz. The other one had it 49-46 for the champion.
As for the Faber-Bowles contest, Cruz himself is very excited to see the fight and believes it will only help push the bantamweights more into the spotlight.
“I’m pumped for that fight. I believe the 135-pound division is going to set the bar for everyone else in the UFC. I fought both of those guys,” Cruz said. “I’m extremely excited to watch it. Both those guys are finishers. Both those guys come to compete. That fight is going to be something to watch.”
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