Dominick Cruz is again within the win column for the first time in a lengthy whereas.
Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, picked up his first win since January 2016 at Saturday’s UFC 259 tournament in Las Vegas. Cruz (23-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) outpointed Casey Kenney (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a shut, again-and-forth damage up resolution, which be taught 28-29, 29-28 and 30-27 on the judges’ scorecards.
It was an exhausting affair, as each warring parties saved a high scamper from commence to perform, giving followers continuous motion.
In Round 1, each warring parties traded kicks and each form of strikes with Cruz on the again foot and countering whereas Kenney pushed forward. It was a tight round, nonetheless Cruz looked as if it may perchance well seemingly land the simpler and cleaner strikes. The 2nd was identical, nonetheless Kenney looked as if it may perchance well seemingly turn up the amount in strikes and landed many shots on Cruz.
The third and closing round was by a ways one of the best to ranking, as Cruz got a takedown early and controlled Kenney in opposition to the cage for a minute. The fight eventually chanced on its manner again to the toes in a shut and grueling again-and-forth. On the opposite hand, he made certain to total solid by scoring one other takedown with 40 seconds left on the clock. The former champion maintained top location unless the bell rang.
The marks Cruz’s first win since outpointing Urijah Faber again in January 2016 at UFC 199 to defend his UFC bantamweight title. The 35-twelve months-worn weak was on a two-fight skid with losses to T.J. Dillashaw in 2016 and one other to Henry Cejudo in 2020, a failed strive to reclaim his belt after years of being sidelined by damage.
Meanwhile, Kenny saw a 3-fight winning scurry reach to an end, which marked a winning trail in 2020.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 259 outcomes encompass:
- Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney via damage up resolution (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Kyler Phillips def. Tune Yadong via unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Kai Kara-France def. Rogerio Bontorin via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4: 55
- Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
- Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3: 19
- Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3: 28
- Amanda Lemos def. Livinha Souza via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 3: 39
- Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1: 40
- Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0: 47