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Dominick Cruz

Born Dominick Rojelio Cruz
September 3, 1985 (1985-09-03) (age 24)
San Diego, California
Other names Dominator
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division 135
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Style Boxing and Wrestling.
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Team Alliance MMA
Years active 2005–present
MMA record
Total 16
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 8
Losses 1
By submission 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 10, 2010

Dominick Rojelio Cruz (born September 3, 1985 in San Diego, California) is an Mexican-American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is the current WEC Bantamweight Champion and is ranked the No.1 Bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.[1]

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MMA Career

Cruz began his professional MMA career fighting in the Rage in a Cage and Total Combat organizations. He amassed an undefeated winning streak of 9-0.

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WEC

His first fight in the WEC was at featherweight in a title fight against Urijah Faber in which he lost by guillotine choke in the first round. He would then make his debut for WEC's 135lb Bantamweight division at WEC 34 defeating Charlie Valencia by unanimous decision and would go on to show domination of the 135lb Bantamweight division beating the likes of Ian McCall, Ivan Lopez and handing top contender Joseph Benavidez his first loss at WEC 42 winning all bouts by unanimous decision and winning fight of the night honors in his bout versus Benavidez.

After Cruz's win over Benavidez he would gain number one contendership for Brian Bowles WEC Bantamweight Championship and would go on to defeat Bowles by TKO(doctor stoppage) on March, 6, 2010 at WEC 47 due to Bowles having a heavily bloody nose and a broken hand causing doctor's to stop the bout at the end of the second round with Cruz becoming the new WEC Bantamweight Championship.[2]

Championships and Awards

WEC

  • Current Bantamweight Champion
  • Fight of the Night Honors recipient.

Total Combat

  • Lightweight Champion
  • Featherweight Champion


MMA record

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
15-1 Win United States Brian Bowles TKO (Doctor Stoppage Injury) WEC 47:Bowles vs. Cruz March 6, 2010 2 5:00 United States Columbus, Ohio, USA Won WEC Bantamweight Championship
14-1 Win United States Joseph Benavidez Decision (Unanimous) WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles August 9, 2009 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Fight of the Night Award
13-1 Win Mexico Ivan Lopez Technical Decision (Unanimous) WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki April 5, 2009 3 3:24 United States Chicago, Illinois, USA
12-1 Win United States Ian McCall Decision (Unanimous) WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone January 25, 2009 3 5:00 United States San Diego, California, USA
11-1 Win United States Charlie Valencia Decision (Unanimous) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver June 1, 2008 3 5:00 United States Sacramento, California, USA Debut at 135 lbs
10-1 Win United States Kenneth Aimes KO TC 27 - Total Combat 27 March 22, 2008 1 United States Yuma, Arizona, USA
9-1 Loss United States Urijah Faber Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio March 24, 2007 1 1:38 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA For the WEC Featherweight Championship
9-0 Win United States Shad Smith Decision (Unanimous) TC 18 - Nightmare November 4, 2006 2 5:00 United States San Diego, California, USA
8-0 Win Mexico Juan Miranda Submission (Rear Naked Choke) TC 16 - Annihilation September 9, 2006 1 4:00 United States San Diego, California, USA
7-0 Win United States Dave Hisquierdo Decision (Split) TC 15 - Total Combat 15 July 15, 2006 3 5:00 United States San Diego, California, USA
6-0 Win United States Michael Barney TKO RITC 79 - The Rage Returns February 24, 2006 1 2:45 United States Tucson, Arizona, USA
5-0 Win United States Nick Hedrick Decision (Unanimous) RITC 75 - Friday Night Fights September 30, 2005 3 3:00 United States Glendale, Arizona, USA
4-0 Win United States Josh Donahue TKO RITC 74 - In Your Face September 10, 2005 2 1:09 United States Casa Grande, Arizona, USA
3-0 Win United States Tom Schwager TKO RITC 73 - Arizona vs Nevada August 6, 2005 1 0:56 United States Glendale, Arizona, USA
2-0 Win United States Rosco McClellan TKO RITC 70 - Rage in the Cage 70 June 11, 2005 2 1:26 United States Glendale, Arizona, USA
1-0 Win United States Eddir Castro Decision (Split) RITC 67 - Back to the Dodge January 29, 2005 3 3:00 United States Phoenix, Arizona, USA

References

  1. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-23122
  2. ^ "Brian Bowles defends bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 on March 6". mmajunkie.com. 2009-12-11. http://mmajunkie.com/news/17180/brian-bowles-defends-bantamweight-title-against-dominick-cruz-at-wec-47-on-march-6.mma. 

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