Cruz Edges Dillashaw to Recapture UFC Bantamweight Title
The oft-injured Cruz reclaimed the title he never lost with a split decision over T.J. Dillashaw in the UFC Fight Night “Dillashaw vs. Cruz” headliner on Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston. Scores were 48-47 and 49-46 for Cruz, 49-46 for Dillashaw. Together, they produced a 25-minute display of marvelous technique and fortitude.
Cruz (21-1, 4-0 UFC) shook off the rust from another extended injury-induced layoff — he had fought just once in the previous 1,569 days — and got down to business with surgical counterpunches and elusive movement. Dillashaw was left to throw single shots and whiffed often during many of the early exchanges, as the Alliance MMA cornerstone bobbed, weaved and circled out of danger. Cruz supplemented his work on the feet with takedowns in the second, third and fourth rounds, as he managed to ground a fighter who had never before been taken down in UFC competition.
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