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Demetrious Johnson is up next for Dominick Cruz

Three weeks after decisioning Urijah Faber at UFC 132, Dominick Cruz has another title defense lined up: on October 6th he’ll face off against Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, a guy who only fights at bantamweight because the UFC is still dragging it’s feet on a flyweight division. Despite his size disadvantage, Mighty Mouse has won four in a row, with his recent wrestlefest against Miguel Torres cinching him a shot.

This should be an interesting fight since Cruz’s speciality is dancing around the cage like a fruit while Mighty Mouse is all about taking bitches down and pinning them to the mat. For once, he’ll be taking on an opponent people will be happy to see him lay on, although 5 rounds of it might get a bit old. Not as old as Dominick’s dancy dance style, though.

It’s also interesting to note the placement of this fight: on a Versus card. This will be only the second time the UFC has ever put a title up for grabs on cable television (the first being UFC 75 for Rampage vs Hendo). Some point to the idea that the bantamweight division – or at least Cruz and Johnson – can’t carry a pay per view card, while others see this as the UFC trying to pump up Versus ratings leading into the final months of TV contract negotiations.

Whatever the case, we get a free (and competitive!) title fight out of it, which is nice after all the injury shit we’ve been putting up with so far this year. Big fights on free TV have gotten few and far between, and while this one is mainly big on account of the belt, I’ll take what I can get.

  • lukustra

    how quickly we forget that this fight WOULD have been free on versus just a few months ago before the UFC absorbed the WEC, something that made you crackheads for some apparent reason so excited. YAY we now have to pay for fights we would have normally seen for free. victory!

  • Reverend Clint

    i still get to see it free… though i havent watch a UFC in like 2 months

  • bosswell

    Ha, good point lukustra. That sad fact does not diminish my excitement for this fight, though. Demetrious is a beast!

    …Clint, is that Geordi’s visor?

  • Symbul

    Dominick Cruz looks like the Terminator compared to Johnson’s style. DJ has very little, if any, real offense to speak of. It’s an easy style matchup for Cruz though. Gonna be a 50-45er.

  • Reverend Clint

    it is indeed. what you cant really see is im wearing a commanders uniform

  • Nepal

    I think this will be an excellent way to pocket a quick $100. Taking the Dance and Prancer at -400 is easy money.

  • Oontyex

    lol, looked at faber cruz II on fightmetric, was surprised that significant strikes total wasnt 0, when did these 90 ones happen???

  • Blackula Jonez

    You guys remember Mighty Mouses WEC debut when he fought Brad Pickett…a british fighter…and got outwrestled en route to a defeat? He has gotten better since but he does have some defensive liabilities as a wrestler and grappler.


    After the multiple scrambles in his last fight I would assume Ryan would have started to give Cruz props. Does anyone think that Cruz is going to show off his bjj guard any time soon? Especially after what happened to Torres when he tried to work off his back instead of sweeping for top position and working from there?

    And Ontyex Cruz lands plenty of shots, if you rewatch the fight you will notice that other than the 3rd round he usually lands the first strike of the round and its usually a power shot, he even opened the 5th round with a flying knee.

    Still don’t understand how people can complain about Cruz when he isn’t really being given opponents that are easy to finish or have a history of getting stopped. His last 4 opponents have 3 defeats via finish COMBINED and one of them belongs to Cruz ffs.

  • Blackula Jonez


    wish grappo would do a break down of this fight, Cruz landed a ton of shots but it was against one of the most durable fighters in the entire sport.

  • Oontyex

    cruz landed tons of nothing, he dances and avoid the fight then does the standing equivalent of the TUF big country counting punches ‘gnp’

  • CAP

    I like watching Cruz fight. If he was fighting Torres or Faber again it probably wouldn’t be free. That’s a quality main event for versus.


    Float like a spaz, sting like a bee!

  • frickshun

    Clinty LaForge–>I dig the outfit!!