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WEC 53: Dominick Cruz dominates again

One day, this wild, unorthodox, crazy, attack-from-all-angles-imaginable approach will catch up to bantamweight champion. That's just the law of averages. See Lyoto Machida for confirmation.

That day, however, doesn't appear on any monthly calendars that we know about at the moment. Cruz led with uppercuts, threw overhand rights, dropped his shoulders and punch from a side position and attacked in other ways that are still hard to explain. He hit Scott Jorgensen from every possible angle, and kept a high-octane pace through all 25 minutes.

Mixing in takedowns at will, Cruz successfully defended his bantamweight title at WEC 53 Thursday night with a unanimous decision over Jorgensen. All three judges scored the bout, 50-45. Cruz (17-1) also becomes the first UFC bantamweight champion, by way of the two promotions' merger.

Cruz thoroughly dominated Jorgensen (11-4) for all five rounds. Jorgensen was able to get in a few clean shots in the first round, but that was about it. Cruz was too fast, too strong, too good.

It's the seventh straight win for Cruz, including two title defenses. There's talk about his next defense being against former featherweight champion Urijah Faber, who now fights at 135 pounds. Cruz's last loss? March 24, 2007 against Faber.

 

New York Sports