Dominick Cruz




TRAINING: I train Mon three times, then Tues through Fri are two-a days. One on Sat….and Sunday I’m off! I mix all techniques of wrestling, BJJ, boxing, shootboxing, and kickboxing in my training.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I wrestled my whole life and I wanted to continue to compete.

What ranks and titles have you held? UFC bantamweight champion, WEC bantamweight champion. Total Combat 145 & 155 lb champion. Number 1 ranked ROTC fighter.

Do you have any heroes? My mom

What is your favorite technique? Uppercut

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means I can truly call myself one of the best fighters on the planet and that my dreams and goals are slowly being accomplished!

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
No

What was your job before you started fighting? Customer service rep

•    First-ever (and reigning) UFC bantamweight champion

•    Ranked No. 6 on Yahoo Sports! pound-for-pound MMA rankings

•    Grew up in Tuscon, Ariz., trailer with mom and brother

•    Kicked out of home at age 19 for hosting a house party, but recalls the experience as “the greatest thing that ever happened to me” because it forced him to become a man

•    Longtime wrestler

•    Lives and trains in San Diego

•    Wrestler/boxer who is stylistically similar to UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. Cruz is very elusive on his feet with a peek-a-boo style – he fires off combos and moves out of harm’s way before an opponent can return fire

•    Very mentally tough

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 10
Record: 19-1-0
Summary: Conditioning and Punching Power
Fighter Info
From: San Diego, California, California USA
Fights Out Of: San Diego, CA USA
Age: 27
Height: 5′ 8" ( 172 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
1844
30% Successful
555
Types of Successful Strikes
0
555
78% Standing
12%
433
68
54
Striking Defense
76
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
77
56% Successful
43
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
1
26
2
Takedown Defense
83
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Win
Dominick Cruz
UFC LIVE 6: Cruz vs. Johnson

Oct 1, 2011

60 10 1 8 R5Decision – Unanimous
Demetrious Johnson 63 1 0 0
Dominick Cruz
UFC® 132: Cruz vs. Faber

Jul 2, 2011

90 4 0 0 R5Decision – Unanimous
Urijah Faber 50 1 0 0
Dominick Cruz
WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis

Dec 16, 2010

117 6 0 1 R5Decision – Unanimous
Scott Jorgensen 42 2 0 0
Dominick Cruz
WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez

Aug 18, 2010

58 6 0 3 R5Decision – Split
Joseph Benavidez 35 0 1 0
Dominick Cruz
WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz

Mar 6, 2010

42 2 0 0 R2TKO – Doctor’s Stoppage
Brian Bowles 15 0 0 0

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