Dominick Cruz Dominant Win Vaults Bantamweight Rankings
- Updated: September 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – UFC Bantamweight Dominick Cruz (20-1) came back onto the fight scene with a bang at UFC 178, defeating Takeya Mizugaki (20-8-2) in just 61 seconds and vaulting eight spots into the No. 2 spot in the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighter Rankings. The UFC releases updated fighter rankings every Monday following the performances and events each weekend.
Cruz came into the event without having fought since 2011 due to injury yet he picked up where he left off with a dominating performance that was worthy of another shot at the title that he never lost in the octagon. His win knocked Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (31-7) of team Alpha Male out of the No. 2 spot and didn’t hold back on his thoughts about the group as he said, “I look forward to beating more Alpha Fails.”Mizugaki fell one spot to the No. 6 ranked contender in the bantamweight division.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor (16-2) was one of three fighters to jump four spots this week with his first round knockout of Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (16-4) who fell a couple of spots in the defeat. McGregor is now the No. 5 featherweight contender while Poirer falls to No. 7 in the aftermath of their fight this weekend.
Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (9-1) was another four-spot jumper with his controversial third round knockout win over Tim Kennedy (18-5) who falls one spot in the loss. Romero was allowed almost another half a minute to get back off the stool between the second and third round in which he knocked out Kennedy. Romero takes of the No. 6 middleweight spot while Kennedy falls from it to No. 7.
The other major jump was made by be Eddie Alvarez (25-4) who moved up four spots in spite of his unanimous decision loss to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (25-6, 1 NC) who managed to move up only a spot to the No. 4 ranking while Alvarez is now the No. 10 ranked fighter in the lightweight division.
Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (9-4) dropped a spot to the No. 9 ranked women’s bantamweight after her loss to still No. 1 ranked “Alpha” Cat Zingano (9-0). Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (9-0) moved up to the No. 8 spot.
“Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) retained his UFC Flyweight Title in a second round submission win over Chris Cariaso (17-6) that didn’t drop him from the No. 8 contender ranking.