Saturday night the UFC returns to Versus as Dominick Cruz prepares for battle against Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Bantamweight championship.
Cruz (18-1, 6 KO) hasn’t lost a fight in the cage since 2007 against Urijah Faber, a loss he avenged in style this past July. Cruz is a skilled fighter with great conditioning who can fight as strong in the fifth round as he can to open the fight.
Johnson (10-1, 2 KO) hasn’t faced top rank opponents in his young career, and will be facing his toughest test to date tomorrow night when he steps into the cage against Cruz.
With contrasting styles, either man has the ability to utilize his skill to deter the other from gaining a victory. While Cruz has better stand up and take down defense, Johnson is the more skilled fighter on the ground.
But in his past few fights Cruz has demonstrated why he retains the bantamweight title, and isn’t about to fold anytime soon and relinquish it.
Expect Cruz to go out early and establish the tempo of the fight. Using a variety of hand and leg strikes, he will dictate the pace of the fight from the onset of round one and control each round.
Cruz isn’t a home run hitter, so he will slowly pick Johnson apart throughout each round, and ultimately win by unanimous decision.