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UFC Fight Night 81: Sooo … About Last Night

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Last night the UFC held a show in Boston headlined by a bantamweight title fight between UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champ Dominick Cruz. It was Cruz’s chance to recapture gold after being forced to drop the title due to a string of injuries that kept him sidelined for years. In his absence, Dillashaw became the king of the division, utilizing footwork and volume to outwork opponents. Cruz showed the world that despite only fighting once in five years, he’s still the top dog in the division.

The co-main event featured a former champion looking to get back in the win column as Anthony Pettis faced Eddie Alvarez in lightweight action. It was a solid fight, with Alvarez getting his hand raised after three rounds of action. It wasn’t a devastating loss, but fans are now left wondering what is next for “Showtime.”

Honestly, though, you’re gonna read all about it below so let’s cut this intro right now and just talk about last night …

The Return of the King.

If there is one fighter who fans could have understandably counted out, it would be Dominick Cruz. No offense intended to the “Dominator,” but it’s very hard to have faith in a fighter who spent most of his UFC career sitting on the sidelines due to injury. Especially the kind of serious knee injuries that Cruz was dealing with on a yearly basis. One fight in nearly five years, that was the kind of pace that Cruz was keeping as an “active” fighter on the UFC roster. Think about that for a moment.

So when Cruz was matched up with T.J. Dillashaw for a shot at the UFC’s bantamweight title, it’s understandable to think Dillashaw would roll through the former champ. That’s not exactly what happened. Cruz was ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly