Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson
(UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Round 1: Cruz lands a leg kick to start the fight. Johnson pressing the action and misses with a big right hand. Johnson shoots in for a takedown and Cruz stuffs it. The two are tied up along the cage. Johnson gets it down for a second and Cruz immediately up and obtains top position. Cruz advances to side control. Johnson back to half guard and then advances to butterfly guard. Johnson gets back to his feet and they separate. Johnson goes on the attack. Johnson gets it down and goes for a leg lock but Cruz defends and takes his back. Johnson gets out of the position and lands a left hook. Johnson gets a takedown but Cruz immediately back to his feet. They’re clinched along the cage. Cruz lands knees to the body. They separate and Johnson lands a hook while Cruz misses with an uppercut. Both fighters dancing around displaying their foot speed. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz. Close round however.
Round 2: Johnson rushes forward and lands on a flurry. Cruz takes him down. Johnson looks to be the faster fighter of the two. Cruz lands knees to the body as Johnson gets back to his feet. Johnson spins Cruz and presses him against the cage. Johnson shoots in and gets his takedown stuffed. They jockey for position along the fence. Johnson defends a takedown attempt and goes for one of his own. Cruz defends and just misses with a knee inside the clinch on the separation. Right hand by Johnson and an uppercut by Cruz. Cruz lands a stiff jab and moves forward. Johnson shoots for a takedown but Cruz stuffs it and gets Johnson down. Cruz works inside Johnson’s guard with :30 seconds on the clock. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round 3: Johnson moves in and out. Cruz lands a leg kick. Left hook landed by Johnson. Cruz lands a jab and goes for a takedown but Johnson defends. Cruz takes his back standing and slams Johnson to the canvas. Cruz gets one hook in and has Johnson flattened out on the mat. Cruz working for a rear naked choke but Johnson spins out. Cruz goes for a neck crank but Johnson gets out and back to his feet. Cruz misses with an uppercut but secures a takedown. Johnson applies the butterfly guard with his back against the cage. Cruz eventually works his way back to his feet. Cruz lands a knee to the body. The round ends with the fighters tied up. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz. It was the first clear cut round for either fighter thus far.
Round 4: Johnson lands an outside leg kick and another. Cruz lands a leg kick and then a kick to the body. They exchange for a moment but neither land. Cruz goes for a takedown and gets it. He advances to mount. Johnson hangs on from the bottom. Cruz peppers him with short right hands. Johnson gets back to guard and back to his feet. Johnson pushes forward, pressing the pace. Cruz ties him up and muscles him to the ground. Cruz in half guard and Johnson back to his feet. Johnson lands a solid left hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round 5: Final round begins with a touch of the gloves. Cruz misses with an uppercut. Johnson misses with a high kick. Cruz clinches and slams him to the canvas. Cruz is in side control. Johnson gets back to full guard. Cruz able to control the position. Johnson puts his back against the cage and works his way back up. Cruz smothering him against the fence. They separate. Johnson lets his hands go but unable to land. Johnson drives forward landing a right hand. Cruz tosses him to the ground. Johnson gets up only to be thrown again. Johnson back up. Cruz is breathing heavily with a minute remaining. Cruz ducks under a punch and gets a takedown. Cruz advances to mount. Cruz takes his back, but Johnson gets back up and moves in. Cruz lands a body shot that has Johnson backing up. Cruz gets a takedown in the final seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.