Dominick Cruz (pictured) was out of action for 1,091 days nursing various injuries. In a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport like MMA, it’s easy for fans to forget how good the former UFC bantamweight champion was.
Cruz reminded them in emphatic fashion on Saturday at UFC 178. Unfortunately for Takeya Mizugaki, he found himself on the wrong end of the highlight reel footage.
It took Cruz all of 61 seconds to dispose of Mizugaki, who entered the scrap as the division’s fifth ranked fighter. Cruz made him look like an absolute can.
With the win, UFC president Dana White awarded Cruz with next dibs at champion T.J. Dillashaw’s title. No word when that scrap will go down.
UFC 178 took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please click the media player below to watch the highlights: