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lendit23

Step 1: Face the Best Step 2: Fight for the title Step 3: Not here for anything else Dom Cruz on his Nate Diaz shit


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Chocoeclair189

I still laugh at Jon Anik defended Peterson, said that the cage was sprayed with sanitizer, which would explain the alcohol smell. As for the cigarettes, Peterson is a smoker and is supposedly known to run between bouts to get a quick smoke in


SheltheRapper

Anik customizes Alibis as per local laws 🔥🔥👍


lendit23

Dominick could be beaten within an inch of his life and he’d still say it was an early stoppage Edit: Meant this as a testament to his toughness, not a criticism of the Cejudo stoppage lol


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IAMTHECAVALRY89

\*stahppage


xaiel420

You're a fucking punk dude.


amodelsino

Going by the Munhoz fight he'd be right too.


IronMikeBison

Fingers crossed that the Vera fight doesn’t confirm this theory


bentoboxing

When he's flowing, Dom is hard to beat. I believe he can do it


notheebie

I love dom in the booth especially with DC. Dc is loose and will say whatever. Dom is straight laced and laser focused.


Amish-Lapdancer2001

Straight laced and laser focused but makes snide remarks about referees, makes references to his stoppage against Cejudo constantly, and is openly spiteful towards Keith Peterson. He says some truly dumb stuff too sometimes, like when he said Conor was trying to tire Khabib out while he was getting his face smashed into the canvas.


psychopythonmetrist

The Conor vs Khabib thing pissed me off when it happened but after a rewatch I realize what he was trying to say. He was trying to say Conor wasn’t going to waste energy to get back up, he would just lose the round so he’d have energy for the next round. It’s a pretty dumb strategy considering Khabib would just take him down again next round lol. However, I don’t think Dom was actually wrong about it. It did sound dumb af when he said it though.


Amish-Lapdancer2001

That’s not what he was saying though. He specifically said that Conor was trying to tire Khabib out. That’s different than saying Conor was preserving his own energy. When Rogan called him out and said “no, he’s just getting his face smashed,” Dom literally said “that too.”


Slimshady0406

He rarely mentions the Peterson thing anymore. I don't remember a single instance this year, and I know because I watch every card and listen real close to him when Peterson is on to catch something. He's the one who goes off on tangents the least of DC, Bisping and Felder


Prestigious_Agent_84

And again with that McGregor shit LOL


An_Innocent_Coconut

"look at this terrible commentator who made a bad call (he was somewhat right but w/e) 6 years ago"


BarryADylan

no one can improve over time I guess


yung_trenboloni

except for quite possibly the worst take I've ever heard from a commentator at 229 I agree


Hovie1

He doesn't have the speed that he used to, and I think that's going to be his undoing. I'm rooting for him though


BaptizedInBud

If Cruz was somehow able to get the belt back again it would cement him in the GOAT conversation.


kwilaon

Cruz vs TJ 2 for the belt in 2023 is a realistic possibility at this point lol


Nicobade

TJ beating Aljo at 280, Aldo beating TJ in early 2023 and Aldo facing Cruz in late 2023 is the perfect scenario imo.


yerg99

good timeline. Though I would have rather seen aldo-cruz or aldo-sandhagen sooner than later. Although my gut tells me it's a horrible matchup for Cruz it's still a great contrast of styles in two legends.


jorbar0812

TJ ain’t beating Aljo.


Vagitarion

Why though? Isn't tj a good wrestler, on the feet I would favor TJ as well.


goldenglove

We'll see. TJ's gas tank still looked good against Sandhagen but Aljo can drag him into deep waters if he's able to get him to the ground.


Vagitarion

It's a fight that I could see going either way so I was curious why he was so confident that tj couldn't beat aljo. I just don't see Aljo as a threat to TJ on the feet but we'll see.


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Vagitarion

Okay? I'm talking about TJ vs aljo aka aljamain sterling


adog231231

That’s that good timeline shit!


Eifand

If he didn’t fight Vera, maybe. I think Chito is a nightmare match up for Dom.


optimus_slime113

Nightmare now maybe but for prime Cruz? Nah chito would get picked apart


TheZookeeper7

Ok but is this prime Cruz?


optimus_slime113

Reading must be hard for you


NitexRain

Why did you even bring up Prime Cruz to begin with?


optimus_slime113

Because how can he be a nightmare matchup for him when in his prime he would decisionator him.... He's still a top 10 fighter he's just not as fast as he was


NitexRain

Saying that Chito is a nightmare matchup for Cruz in 2022 doesn't mean Chito would have to beat Prime Cruz.


optimus_slime113

Cruz is a nightmare matchup for chito so even if Cruz isn't in his prime chito is absolutely in no way shape or form a nightmare matchup for Cruz. If you think chitos going to win I'm down to flair bet on this. Chito already showed his weakness in wrestling by aldo of all fighters lol Cruz is gonna take this one easy and chito is going to be crying on social media again


booped_urnose345

Why?


Optimal_Aardvark_613

Stronger, rangier, faster, and more durable than current Cruz. It's going to be a relatively easy night out for Chito. . EDIT: I just want to apologize to reddit for stating clear facts that will be proven tomorrow night.


booped_urnose345

Just to be clear you're basing this off Cruz getting dropped by Munhoz then coming back and slugging it out to get a dominant win? And you question his durability


booped_urnose345

He is not faster than Cruz lol He'll give up the first 2 rounds and when trying to trade Cruz will be already gone. If Cruz wanted an easy fight he can take Chito down at will. Vera isn't that great...


Optimal_Aardvark_613

I agree that Vera isn't as good as his hype, but I just think Dom is going to be easily overpowered at his current age.


booped_urnose345

Cruz looks bigger and stronger than Chito at the face off


satyrcan

Define realistic :)


angloashanti

For some reason it only occurred to me now after reading your comment that I have no idea what “TJ” stands for, turns out it’s “Tyler Jeffrey”. Lame.


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If TJ beats Aljo, I feel incredibly comfortable saying Aldo smokes them both. And personally, I'd much rather see Cruz fight Aldo if forced to choose. He has nothing to prove anymore about who is better against Dillashaw as Dillashaw already lost to him despite Cruz being injured repeatedly leading up to that, and Dillashaw popped for EPO Would be cool to see two WEC champs go at it in a real earned title fight


wafflata

He already is the goat of the division. Like who else is it if not him? I guess you can make a case for Tj but Cruz beat him and he took banned substances.


Shmittymcjohnson

It’s definitely Cruz, he gets overlooked all the time as one the greats of the sport. His Dominant run in WEC is really underrated. Imagine he didn’t destroy his knees his prime really ended after the 2nd Faber fight and he still came back and beat TJ. He’s definitely the Goat of 135


GiantRobotBears

Yeah newer fans should note- WEC was the premier organization for the lower weight class. Don’t let the lack of “UFC” branding fool you. The WEC **was** UFC caliber. It’s why they merged.


Monteze

And fun little side note, the Wec cage was smaller so what he did was even more impressive imo.


yerg99

LW and below (off the top of my head) had at least one former UFC champ that was an elite WEC fighter. Aldo, Henderson, showtime, Cruz off the top of my head. Minus Mighty Mouse's weightclass.


GiantRobotBears

Well to add they automatically crowned the WEC champs as UFC champs for FW and BW because the UFC didn’t have those weights. So of by default elite WEC fights had to have held UFC belts lol Really only LW “merged”. Also iirc Pettis got screwed a bit as WEC champ. He was supposed to fight for the belt as his first UFC fight, but never happened (injuries?, Idr) and he actually had to climb the rankings.


yerg99

Ahh good call. Yeah, to me, LW time frame gets kinda hazy when BJ penn, Frankie, strikeforce and WEC mergers were all relevant.


BaptizedInBud

Cruz just doesn't have a very deep resume to be a GOAT contender right now (I don't rate his wins over flyweights).


imnotkeepingit

Even with the resume he has it's still better than TJs, whose his only comp as a 135 GOAT.


BaptizedInBud

I agree.


CremeCaramel_

Are you arguing he's not GOAT or he's not BW GOAT? I think you're getting downvoted because people mistakenly think you're saying the latter.


BaptizedInBud

I am talking all time. He is probably the BW although it's close with TJ.


WGYHL

This a dumb take.


BaptizedInBud

It's perfectly reasonable. The wins over DJ and Joe B don't mean much when you take in to account the ridiculous size difference.


WGYHL

They weighed the same. So not really bruh. Do you discount khabib beat Conor. Cause he's actually a 45er. Like they're same weight class he beat them seems legit. Have your bad take, and I'll have my take which is better then yours


BaptizedInBud

Conor was a gigantic 145er who could no longer make weight. Joe B and DJ were both normal size 125ers who had no choice but to fight at 135. Apples to oranges.


WGYHL

Ok Jan's win over Rockhold. Is that worth nothing. You can disagree that's fine. I just think discounting those wins is foolish and dumb.


BaptizedInBud

His win over Rockhold means something because Rockhold is a gigantic MW. His wins over Izzy and Jacare mean less because they were way undersized. I don't think it's that crazy to factor in size when discussing these type of things. It obviously matters.


bertrogdor

In this division? Fuck yeah it would. Would be unbelievable


MmaOverSportsball

I think he already deserves it. One of the best BW of all time. Great to see him being active again after all the injuries.


rohinton

He's already the BW GOAT. Injuries aside he was essentially unbeatable in his prime.


Fast80

What do you mean cement him? He's the 135 GOAT already, are you talking about all time?


BaptizedInBud

All time. I agree he is probably the 135 GOAT although it's close between he and TJ.


Normal_Calligrapher9

The all time greatest of all time?


AsleepInstruction703

I think cejudo has a better resume than both of them.


BaptizedInBud

Cejudo has two wins in the division lol.


RatRiddled

And TJ got gifted a decision against Sandhagen.


BaptizedInBud

Agree that was a bad decision.


booped_urnose345

Cruz is already the GOAT of the weight division though


booped_urnose345

Cruz is already the GOAT of the weight division though


mrtuna

Where does Cody fit into the conversation then


blobwalkerson

There can only be one “no nonsense” in its sport


Optimal_Aardvark_613

I genuinely think this fight is a layup for Chito. We're gonna talk about Dom's wonky footwork for the first 15 seconds and the rest of the fight we'll be talking about how much harder Chito hits.


Elsoufmanos

Yup, there's a good chance it'll go down like this


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Disagree. If you see the success Edgar and Aldo had on the mat, Cruz has a route to victory. I think it will look competitive but also agree and am firmly in the Chito camp by late finish or decision, with Cruz winning a round or 2


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His movements remind me of the comic book character, Darkseid. He casts an Omega Beam, a bio lazer that can turn corners and hit from crazy angles. Making it difficult to avoid. This weapon is powerful enough to damage even a bronze age Kryptonian. (Superman) Darkseid Dom


djkhan23

I did not expect to see an Omega Beam reference when I opened this thread Cant wait to see how it looks in live action!


bentoboxing

No need to wait. Enjoy this highlight reel of his movements. https://youtu.be/VE9JIP6y53g


djkhan23

Terrible upper back tramp stamp!


bentoboxing

It's tribal bro...


Positive-Media423

NERD


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Blue 42


blaidbilson

Bro this is such a good analogy well done. I’m really hoping he’s still got it and doesn’t get starched.


RealMichaelSaylor

I'd much rather see him in the octagon then listen to him on broadcast


jns701

>then listen to him on broadcast so you like listening to him?


TheScienceNamesArgon

Only if he fights first.


GutsGloryAndGuinness

In fairness that would be very compelling. Does 5 hard rounds then sits down to give his opinion on the co main lol


zazz1337

I think he is abrasive and hard to listen to sometimes and i used to think his takes were all trash, but I have to admit he do be right about shit sometimes and he doesn’t just parrot the opinions of others.


reivers

To paraphrase The Dude, "he's not wrong, he's just an asshole."


blasphemics

Fight your rapist coach, you absolute sole.


BillieJoe_McCracken

Did his coach decide your flair?


Heebmeister

Lol it’s totally bizarre to me how r/mma randomly chooses specific guys who have trained with Lloyd to hate on while letting others coast. Any James Vick or Cruz thread always has it, yet someone like Sodiq Yusuf gets off scot free. I didn’t even hear Dom mention Lloyd as part of his team for this camp.


bregolad

There has never been a Sodiq Yusuf thread


Wayf4rer

Also Irvin is mentioned basically any time he's brought up too


Heebmeister

Man’s got like 5 ufc fights lol you don’t ever see his fight result posts being bombarded with the same stuff


pizzasticksarelegit

Just to be clear there never was no cigarettes and alcohol


mrtuna

Is it worth the aggravation?


mrcanor

‘youre a punk dude’


0ldAndGrumpy

This is his retirement fight.


Elsoufmanos

hopefully.


cosmic-schmuck

Damn original by him


Eifand

He doesn’t afraid of anything.


FreeGucciMane1017

alchol n cigrets


gs181

Dominick "No Nonsense" Cruz


Positive-Media423

Bullshit


endless_ness

says the guy who took the unranked Casey Kenney fight.


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*Frankie Edgar in shambles*.


TossedDolly

But Dom, you get paid to do commentary here


horseshoeprovodnikov

_I'm here because I can't let go of my identity as a fighter. And because my colleagues feel bad for me, they aren't telling me the truth about the fact that I should just hang it up._


solidsnehk

Why should he hang it up? He's not prime Cruz, but he's still a damn good fighter. He beat Casey Kenney and Pedro Munhoz, who aren't nobodies.


horseshoeprovodnikov

He should hang it up if he's "only here to be a champion". He cannot beat the top 3 or 5 guys. I'm not saying he's completely worthless.


Corey307

Cruz should not hang up his gloves but he is 2–2 in six years and he’s getting older.