Episode #921 – Dominick Cruz

Episode #921

Dominick Cruz is a mixed martial artist and former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. He also is a UFC Color Commentator & Analyst on FOX.

Cruz’s UFC Bio

Fighting

Dominick Cruz is coming off a major upset of a loss during his title fight at UFC 207 Rousey vs Nunes to Cody “No love” Garbrandt who ironically is the student of Dom’s recently retired arch rival Urijah Faber. Dom was the heavy favorite walking into the fight but Garbrandt shocked the world with a spectacular performance beating Cruz and by a decision which was something nobody saw coming. Post fight Cruz handled the press like a true champion accepting the defeat and making no excuses promising to come back better than ever.

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Dom’s thoughts on his recent huge upset loss to Cody: “I accepted the loss immediately, as long as you can embrace it & not make excuses for it you can look at it then take it in.”

Dominick’s Unique Style

Dominick Cruz has the most unique style of fighting in the sport with a stance and movement unlike anyone else, he used this strange style to become have an unmatched defense and got the nickname “the ghost” due to his opponents never being able to touch him. He discusses the origin of the style, stating that when he was starting at the early stages of MMA he knew he had to do something different from all other fighting styles, fighting his opponent constantly avoiding their center line was the core of his unique style.

Here is a video of Cruz giving a very simple explanation on a small part of his footwork.

 

Cruz talks about his injury streak which was one of the worst in the history of the sport these injuries put Cruz out of action for nearly 4 years and resulting in the UFC stripping him of the championship. Dom explains how during that point of setback after setback how he hit rock bottom, he states when he learnt to let go of the desire to bounce back and win the belt with all the pressures and stress that goes along with that burden and replace it with other things in life. His health skyrocketed which led him to come back to the greatest preformance of his career. A month after that Dom blew his opposite knee out putting him out for another 9 months.  After a getting a broken rib and Plantar Fasciitis during his training camp Dom won the title.

Here is a list of Cruz’s Injuries with articles related

  1. Left Knee ACL
  2. Left Knee ACL
  3. Torn Muscle in Groin
  4. Right Knee ACL 
  5. Broken Rib
  6. Plantar Fasciitis

 

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier

Dom & Joe talk about the bitter rivalry between One of the greatest MMA fighters of all time Jon “Bones” Jones & Current Light-heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier who is Dom’s good friend and colleague. Here is a video they discuss showing the magnitude of the DC, Jones feud.

 

 

The Greatest Heavyweight of all time

Joe discusses who the greatest heavyweight of all time is iun their prime and states that in his opinion its either Fedor “The Last emporer” Emelianenko or Current ranked 2# heavyweight Cain Velasquez

CM Punk

Joe & Dom talk about the popular topic of the CM Punk fight, regarding how Punk who has almost no martial arts experience immediately receiving  UFC contract due to his immense fame from being one of the most popular WWE superstars of all time. Joe finds it an insult to the entirety of martial arts as a sport, while Dom understands it from a business standpoint as a enormous paycheck.  Punk loses the fight early in the 1st round by submission to Mickey Gall

“He was delusion in thinking that he’s gonna beat a guy like Mickey Gall” – Joe on CM Punk’s UFC debut

 

They continue this topic when they discuss the comparison in viewership with “12 Gauge” Paige Vanzant & UFC Straw-weight Women’s Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk where Joanna far outclasses Paige in the sport but they receive similar viewership due to the popularity of Paige.

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Quotes

“Pretty much all of the closest friends in my life I have fought to a bloodly death”- Dom
“Fighting in 90% mental the other 10% is in your head”- Unknown
“If you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying” – Eddie Guerrero

Other topics

At the very start of the podcast Joe mentions the Appalachian Trail a long hiking path in the U.S that takes months to complete. Here is a map of the trail.

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Famous people mentioned

Eric Del Fierro – Dominick Cruz’s coach at Alliance MMA

Cody “No Love”  Garbrandt – Current UFC Bantamweight Champion and the man who recently dethroned the “greatest Bantamweight to ever live” Joe’s guest Dominick Cruz. Here is a picture of him with his long time mentor & Cruz’s former arch rival Urijah Faber

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Ronda Rousey – Former UFC women’s Bantamweight Champion

Urijah Faber – Former WEC featherweight champion & UFC fighter, Dom’s Arch rival for nearly 10 years. Faber & Dominick literally pioneered the sport for every small fighter and their rivalry is the most legendary in the MMA world. Currently Urijah runs Team Alpha Male and taught the current Bantamweight Champion, the man who defeated Cruz everything he knows.

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Wayne Dyer – was an American philosopher, self-help author, and a motivational speaker that Dom looked to during his third ACL reconstruction.

Daniel “DC” Cormier – Current UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion & one of the best wrestlers to ever compete in MMA. Dom’s friend & colleague on fox sports.

Jon “Bones” Jones – Arguably the greatest Mixed martial Artist of all time and bitter rival of Daniel Cormier. Currently suspended from the UFC.

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Frankie Edgar – Current rank #2 Featherweight Contender & fan favorite in the UFC. Joe discusses the topic of comebacks in the ufc and how Frankie has shown undeniable heart time & time again

Fedor “The Last emporer” Emelianenko – An MMA legend. Joe discusses who the greatest heavyweight of all time is and states that its either Fedor or Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez – Current rank 2# UFC heavyweight contender

Brock Lesnar – Former UFC Heavyweight champion & Legendary WWE superstar. Joe talks about how people need to enter the world of martial arts the right way unless they are a “freak of nature” like Brock.

CM Punk–  Phillip Jack Brooks, better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist, comic book writer, and retired professional wrestler, currently signed with the UFC.

Punk was famous due to being unbelievably popular in the WWE. The video below shows the magnitude of the fan’s love for him.

Mickey Gall– Mickey Gall is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC

Joanna Jedrzejczyk –  Current UFC Straw-weight Women’s Champion and one of the greatest female fighters to ever live.

Paige Vanzant – Paige Michelle VanZant is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Women’s Straw-weight division of the UFC

 

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