In the midst of an impressive two-fight winning run, former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz has set his sights on a top-5 opponent in his Octagon return later this year – insisting he will clinch the promotion’s bantamweight crown for a record-setting third time.
Cruz, a former two-time undisputed champion, most recently featured in a featured preliminary card bout at UFC 269 back in December, earning Fight of the Night honors in a comprehensive unanimous decision win over Brazilian veteran, Pedro Munhoz.
The victory came as Cruz’s second consecutively, after he snapped a two-fight losing skid with another impressive split decision win over Casey Kenney at UFC 259 last March.
Dominick Cruz eyes opponents ranked above him in his UFC comeback this year
Boasting a 24-3 professional record, Cruz, who currently sits at #7 in the official rankings, looks to aim upward and fight up the pile in his next UFC appearance – insisting that he will clinch the bantamweight title for the third time in his lengthy Octagon tenure.
“I’m ready,” Dominick Cruz told The Schmo during a recent interview. “I’m training non-stop, I just want to face someone who’s above me in the division, not underneath me on the ladder. I’ve been fighting a long time. I don’t deserve anything, but moving up the ladder doesn’t sound like anything other than logic.”
“I’m coming back this year, and we’re winning the title,” Dominick Cruz said. “We are winning the title if not this year, the next year, but each fight is getting closer to thst goal.”
Cruz has recently been tied to a potential legacy matchup against fellow former UFC and WEC champion, Jose Aldo – with the Brazilian also welcoming the pairing.
With the San Diego veteran eyeing a top-5 opponent in his comeback, Cruz has laid out some potential opponents he wants to fight in the future.
“I want to move up,” Dominick Cruz said. “Give me something in the top-five. Give me an (Jose) Aldo, give me a Petr Yan, give me Aljamain Sterling. You know what, give me a rematch with (Henry) Cejudo when he gets his sh*t together. I don’t care. Let me be the first person he faces until he gets right back in the division if he wants. I got no beef with him.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Over the course of his professional career, Cruz has defeated the likes of Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, Brian Bowles, Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson, Takeya Mizugaki, and fellow former two-time bantamweight best, T.J. Dillashaw.