The long awaited bantamweight shootout between UFC champion TJ Dillashaw and former champ Dominick Cruz (pictured) finally went down Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81.
The contest marked Cruz’s second fight in 50 months due to a barrage of injuries. It is because of Cruz’s propensity to get hurt that the UFC was forced to strip him of his title in 2014, so Cruz never lost his belt to anyone but the injury bug.
The bout was every bit of amazing. Speed, movement, footwork, power, precision, etc. Unfortunately, the scrap had to end in controversy because the rounds were so close. In fact, all three judges only agreed once in giving Cruz the second round.
When the dust settled on their shootout, Cruz was granted a split decision victory (48-47, 46-49, 49-6) to reclaim his UFC bantamweight title.
UFC Fight Night 81 took place Saturday inside TD Garden in Boston.
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