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UFC 199: Tyron Woodley Explains Why Dominick Cruz “is Back Into a Groove”

Kelsey Mowatt

Dominick Cruz

Dominick Cruz appeared to have little difficulty recording his second win over Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on Saturday, and according to Tyron Woodley, the bantamweight champ is finally hitting his stride.

Cruz worked his way to a UD win over Faber, although earlier in the bout, he was on the verge of recording a stoppage after he dropped the contender. Faber recovered, and continued to battle, but the footwork and striking of Cruz was once again, too much for him.

The bout marked the first time Cruz had fought since January, when he reclaimed the 135 title by decisioning TJ Dillashaw. Although Cruz appeared to take a little time on Saturday to find his range, it was an even more impressive performance than his last.

Thus, this is why Tyron Woodley had this to say in the post-fight, FOX Sports 1 show (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):

“Cruz had the footwork and made Faber miss time and time again. But it’s also about power and timing. He sent Faber to the canvas two different times. I talked to his coach earlier this week and he said Dominick has had two training camps back to back and now has more power. He’s back into a groove and has the power he once had.”

It was another, masterful performance for Cruz, and further evidence of why he’s the greatest bantamweight the sport has known. The 135 division has some ridiculously talented contenders, however, and it will be interesting to see who comes out of the mix to challenge Cruz.

The former champ Dillashaw will face Raphael Assuncao on July 9th, and the winner of that bout could very well receive a title shot. So, one would think Cruz will be defending the belt one more time before 2016 is up.

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