Cruz Doesn’t Understand Why The Media Promotes “Troll” Cejudo

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz doesn’t understand why the media is entertaining Henry Cejudo’s hints at a return to the Octagon. Cejudo is widely regarded as one of the best fighters in the promotion’s history. After back-to-back losses to Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson in 2016, “Triple C” built a memorable six-fight win streak […]

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz doesn’t understand why the media is entertaining Henry Cejudo’s hints at a return to the Octagon.

Cejudo is widely regarded as one of the best fighters in the promotion’s history. After back-to-back losses to Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson in 2016, “Triple C” built a memorable six-fight win streak that included championship crownings at both flyweight and bantamweight.

After dethroning “Mighty Mouse” in their rematch at UFC 227, Cejudo went on to defend the 125-pound belt against former 135-pound king TJ Dillashaw, become a simultaneous two-division champ with a TKO victory over Marlon Moraes, and defend his bantamweight gold against Cruz, who’s in the conversation for the division’s greatest of all time.

To the surprise of most, Cejudo chose to hang up his gloves following his win against “The Dominator” last May. Not even two years later, having consistently teased a return ever since UFC 249, talks of a Cejudo comeback have intensified. In the aftermath of Alexander Volkanovski’s title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 266, “The Messenger” exchanged words with the champ over social media, and suggested he could come out of retirement in an attempt to become the first fighter to have won championships in three UFC divisions.

With Volkanovski seemingly willing to face Cejudo, and Ali Abdelaziz’s admission that the 34-year-old wants to commit to more than just a one-and-done return, it seems more likely than ever that we’ll see “Triple C” back in action.

Despite that, Dominick Cruz doesn’t believe Cejudo’s words should be covered until his comeback is set in stone. Speaking during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, the former bantamweight champ accused publications like ESPN of promoting the comments and opinions of a retired “troll” who can’t be held accountable for what he says.

“I think that, if I’m being honest, the fact that we’re even talking about somebody who’s retired, ESPN’s promoting people who’ve retired, I don’t understand it. It makes no sense to me. You’re retired… Is he in the testing pool? So he’s retired. One, if he’s not in the testing pool, who knows what that means, right. Two, if you’re retired, then there’s no vulnerability, you can say whatever you want and not be held accountable, ever. There’s no accountability held because you retired.

“So, you can run around being all these retired athletes, I don’t even need to say their names, and say how great you are and say all this because there’s nothing, there’s no way to make you pay for your words, you’re basically a troll… you’re a keyboard warrior now.”

Despite acknowledging Cejudo’s achievements in the sport prior to his retirement, Cruz suggested that if the former double champion speaks ill of other fighters and doesn’t return, it’s simply for the purpose of building a clout, which he sees as “weakness.”

“I hear that you did amazing things while you were in the sport, I respect that, okay. I’m not here to botch what you’ve already done. But you’re done. When you get back in the testing pool, then I believe ESPN and all these people should be talking to these athletes. But why are we promoting people who have nothing, there’s nothing that they’re gonna pay for for what they say… it’s not fair.

“If I talk, I gotta pay for it. They’re gonna put me against so and so, they’re gonna botch my pay or they’re gonna, who knows what, right. But when they talk, when these retired athletes talk about other fighters, what are they doing? They’re only building their clout off the back of active athletes who are putting themselves on the line. That’s weakness at it’s finest.”

Despite showing respect to each other when they clashed last year, it seems Cejudo’s recent antics haven’t been in line with the type of conduct Cruz agrees with.

Since his loss to “Triple C,” Cruz has looked to make his way back up the bantamweight ladder. That conquest began against Casey Kenney at UFC 259. Having got past him via a split decision, Cruz will fight further up the rankings in his next outing. He’s set to meet entertaining contender Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269 on December 11.

If Cruz continues his run of form and Cejudo re-enters the fray, perhaps a rematch between the pair will go down later down the line, one without Keith Petersen refereeing if Cruz has any input on the matter…

Do you agree with Dominick Cruz? Should Henry Cejudo’s interactions with active fighters be covered while he’s retired?

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Dominick Cruz Downplays Past Sean O’Malley Fight Booking Rumors

Dominick Cruz Sean O'MalleyDominick Cruz vs. Sean O’Malley had previously been rumored as the next targeted fight for both men at 135 pounds, but both fighters ended up booking different opponents. O’Malley hinted at a potential fight with Cruz earlier this summer, but negotiations never materialized. Now, Cruz completely doubts that O’Malley was being genuine when he hinted […]

Dominick Cruz Sean O'Malley

Dominick Cruz vs. Sean O’Malley had previously been rumored as the next targeted fight for both men at 135 pounds, but both fighters ended up booking different opponents. O’Malley hinted at a potential fight with Cruz earlier this summer, but negotiations never materialized.

Now, Cruz completely doubts that O’Malley was being genuine when he hinted at wanting a fight with him.

Cruz is in the middle of preparation for his UFC return later this year, against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269. Coincidentally, O’Malley will be on the same exact card to end the year against Raulian Paiva.

The bantamweight division continues to be one of the most exciting in the UFC, but Cruz doesn’t think that an O’Malley fight could be in the cards anytime soon.

UFC bantamweights Dominick Cruz and Sean O’Malley, once rumored to be targeted opponents, will both return at UFC 269

“I have had a couple of talks with [Sean] Shelby about why is this [a fight with Sean O’Malley] is being thrown out there but I think it was just O’Malley throwing it out to media to see what could be stirred up and made,” Cruz said during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani. I know it’s as simple as sitting in front of Sean Shelby man-to-man, eye-to-eye, being clear, being concise, telling him what you want and he’ll probably give it to you. It’s not that hard to get through to Sean Shelby.”

“I don’t think Shelby would have had a problem with giving him me if O’Malley would have asked him for it.”

O’Malley has been criticized during his young UFC career for not taking fights with ranked opponents, ever since he fell to the 14th-ranked contender Marlon Vera at UFC 252.

O’Malley defeated Kris Moutinho at UFC 264 earlier this year, while Cruz got back in the win column against Casey Kenney at UFC 259. The two could potentially be on a collision course if both keeping moving up the bantamweight ranks.

Do you think we’ll ever see a Dominick Cruz vs. Sean O’Malley fight?

EXCLUSIVE | Pedro Munhoz Wants To Show Off His Wrestling Against Dominick Cruz

Pedro MunhozUFC bantamweight veteran Pedro Munhoz plans to show he’s not just an accomplished striker in the UFC octagon when he faces former champion, Dominick Cruz, at UFC 269. Munhoz is coming off of losses in three of his last four outings against some of the toughest fighters in the bantamweight division, including former UFC champions […]

Pedro Munhoz

UFC bantamweight veteran Pedro Munhoz plans to show he’s not just an accomplished striker in the UFC octagon when he faces former champion, Dominick Cruz, at UFC 269.

Munhoz is coming off of losses in three of his last four outings against some of the toughest fighters in the bantamweight division, including former UFC champions Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, and current titleholder Aljamain Sterling. He desperately needs a win to get back in the thick of things in the stacked 135-pound division, and a win over Cruz would put him back in the conversation.

Munhoz recently took the time to speak with LowKickMMA’s James Lynch and had a lot to say when it comes to how he feels his style matches up with the former champion.

“It’s going to be a very entertaining fight,” Munhoz said. “I’m going to have to find a way to deal with his footwork and cut angles. In my fights, they’re mostly standing up, but I want to focus on my wrestling. Cruz is a guy that likes to engage with the wrestling and the grappling situations, so I’m looking forward to scrambling with him and go after him.”

“I want to showcase different techniques that I’ve been comfortable doing for my whole life that a lot of people don’t get to see.”

Munhoz is mostly known for his hard-nosed kickboxing, as evidenced in knockout wins over former champion Cody Garbrandt along with former UFC fighter Bryan Caraway. While he has eight submission wins over his career, he hasn’t earned a win in the ground game since he choked out Rob Font at UFC Fight Night 119.

Cruz is one of the most cerebral fighters in MMA history and Munhoz will need to show off a bit of diversity to secure the win. Cruz thrives on mixing it up, which it sounds like Munhoz is more than happy to show off his grappling that hasn’t been a real factor in a while.

What is your early prediction for Pedro Munhoz vs. Dominick Cruz at UFC 269?

Dominick Cruz Still Not Ruling Out Charity Fight with Hans Molenkamp

Dominick CruzOne of the strangest callouts in UFC history came courtesy of Dominick Cruz earlier this year following UFC 259, as he blasted Monster representative Hans Molenkamp and suggested that he was making unreasonable demands and threatened to withhold sponsorship money. Following his prolonged return to the UFC octagon against Casey Kenney, Cruz took the time […]

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One of the strangest callouts in UFC history came courtesy of Dominick Cruz earlier this year following UFC 259, as he blasted Monster representative Hans Molenkamp and suggested that he was making unreasonable demands and threatened to withhold sponsorship money.

Following his prolonged return to the UFC octagon against Casey Kenney, Cruz took the time to call out Molenkamp on national television in his post-fight interview. Many around the MMA community were confused with Cruz’s comments and who Molenkamp was, to begin with.

Cruz has since suggested that Molenkamp’s self-proclaimed relationship with fighters was overblown, and accused him of attempting to use fighters’ names to boost his own reputation.

During a recent sit-down on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Cruz provided an update on what has happened with him and Monster Energy since his comments.

Dominick Cruz clarified his beef with Monster Energy’s Hans Molenkamp during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani

“This is never been about [Monster Energy], this has been about my relationship with one person,” “We needed to hash some things out, set some boundaries, and communicate. When you look at the big picture, I’m responsible for everything I create in my life. So it was my responsibility to create a boundary with him. Man to man, eye to eye, you shouldn’t have to say that to another man. But we’re living in a world where the internet can botch reality.”

“I’m still completely open to a charity fight with Hans Molenkamp. He might be open to that too.”

Cruz is set to face Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269 on Dec. 11 as he looks to get back in the thick of things in the bantamweight division. He’s lost two of his last three bouts and has dealt with a series of ongoing injury issues.

It appears that while Cruz’s relationship with Monster Energy is still sustainable, it’s perfectly clear that he doesn’t take clout chasing very lightly.

What are your thoughts on Dominick Cruz’s comments?

REPORT | Dominick Cruz To Fight Pedro Munhoz At UFC 269

Dominick CruzThe former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to take on the #9 rated Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269 on December 11 according to a report from MMA Fighting. Cruz is coming off a split decision victory over Casey Kenney back at UFC 258. Prior to the win over Kenney, Cruz was on a 2 […]

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The former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to take on the #9 rated Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269 on December 11 according to a report from MMA Fighting.

Cruz is coming off a split decision victory over Casey Kenney back at UFC 258. Prior to the win over Kenney, Cruz was on a 2 fight losing streak. He had lost to Cody Garbrandt to lose his championship back in 2016, but then came back in 2020 to challenge Henry Cejudo for the belt. He ultimately lost that fight as well, being the 2nd loss in a row.

Cruz had been hinting at a possible fight with someone in the top 10 earlier this week. His name was brought up for a possible bout against ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley, but he quickly shot that down. In recent years, Cruz has had his struggle with injuries. Cruz talked about his inability to walk at times leading up to his fight with Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt due to plantar fascia tendinitis. He has also had his share of broken bones and torn ACL’s in the past as well.

On the other hand, this will be Munhoz’s third fight of the year. He started off the year by winning a match against Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision. That bout also got him a bonus for being the ‘Fight of the Night’. In his second fight of the year, Munhoz lost a decision to Jose Aldo at UFC 265. This fight against Cruz will be Munhoz’s second fight in a row in which he will fight a former champion.

Prior to taking the fight against Cruz, Munhoz was involved in rumors about a possible move to the Flyweight division. It seems as if Munhoz has had a change in heart and will be taking on Cruz before making a decision about taking a step back and moving down in weight.

Are you excited for a Pedro Munhoz vs Dominick Cruz bout?

Dominick Cruz vs Pedro Munhoz In The Works For UFC 269 On December 11th

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is back, and it seems he will be fighting Pedro Munhoz. After dropping his title to Cody Garbrandt, Cruz dropped another bout to Henry Cejudo for the vacant title. However he returned to action in March to win a split decision over Casey Kenney, proving that he is far […]

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is back, and it seems he will be fighting Pedro Munhoz.

After dropping his title to Cody Garbrandt, Cruz dropped another bout to Henry Cejudo for the vacant title. However he returned to action in March to win a split decision over Casey Kenney, proving that he is far from washed up.

Now, it seems that the Dominator is returning for his second fight of the year, this time facing off against #9-ranked Pedro Munhoz. Sources revealed to MMAFighting that this fight is in the works to take place at UFC 269 on December 9th, with verbal agreements in place but no contracts signed just yet.

For Dominick Cruz, this will be the first time that he has fought twice in one calendar year since he recaptured the title from TJ Dillashaw in 2016, defended it against Urijah Faber, and then lost to the aforementioned Garbrandt. However, Pedro Munhoz will be looking to right the ship after dropping three of his last four, all of which to current former champions.

This bout is looking to be added to the stacked last pay-per-view of the year for UFC 269, which is confirmed to feature Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight strap against Julianna Peña. Also on this card will be the flyweight title rubber match between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo.

This is by no means an easy fight for Dominick Cruz or Pedro Munhoz, but it will do a lot to show where each man is in their respective careers. Pedro will look to keep his spot in the top ten alive, while Dom hopes to show that he still has what it takes to hang with the top dogs in the super-stacked and ever-changing bantamweight division.

Who do you see taking the victory in this massive clash at 135lb?

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