Many fighters, especially those that are wearing UFC championship belts, seem to prefer not taking rematches. UFC bantamweight title-holder Dominick Cruz is not like those fighters.
Cruz, who is recovering from surgery to repair an injured hand he suffered in a title defense over Demetrious Johnson, knows that he will likely have to face many of the same guys he already owns wins over if he wants to completely clean out the 135-pound division.
For starters, “The Dominator” is looking at either Urijah Faber or Brian Bowles as his next challenger. Faber-Bowles meet later this year in what has been classified as a No. 1 contender match.
“The bottom line is it looks like I’m going to run into rematches wherever I go,” said Cruz, in a recent interview with MMAFighting. “That’s where I’m like, I fought everybody, so why do I really care? I’m trying to fight for the best position in the world. I believe I know I’m the best in the world, and anybody that’s going to come challenge me for it, I’m ready for it.”
Cruz topped Faber to avenge his lone career loss earlier this year, while he defeated Bowles to win the then-WEC title. The Cruz-Bowles fight was stopped early after Bowles broke his hand and was not allowed to continue.
“It wasn’t conclusive to people who say he broke his hand, but I broke my hand several times in a few fights now, but I never stopped, and I finished those fights,” Cruz said. “Need I say more? It’s not an option to stop. Anything wrong with your body, you ignore it. You get your minute to rest between rounds, and you try to take your instructions from your corner and make the adjustments in your mind, and then keep fighting.”
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