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UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz arrives at a

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz arrives at a post-fight party for UFC 132 at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. (July 3, 2011) Credit: Getty

Dominick Cruz, the UFC bantamweight champion, will make his second title defense against Demetrious Johnson on Oct. 1 at UFC Live on Versus 6.

For a moment, put aside the intriguing matchup between Cruz, ranked No. 4 on Newsday's pound-for-pound list, and Johnson, the only 135-pounder who may actually be faster than Cruz.

Take a minute to appreciate that this is a title fight that won't cost you $50 or so to see. It's the first time in four years that's happened with a UFC championship bout.

OK, now you can go back to thinking about this fight. Keep in mind that Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles will fight at UFC 139 in November, with the winner expected to fight the Cruz-Johnson winner for the belt.

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