by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Broken hand or no broken hand for Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz walked away with the WEC bantamweight gold around his waist Saturday night a happy man.
“His hand being hurt, he hurt it on my face. So how you gonna give him credit for that? I mean, my hands hurt too,” Cruz said at the WEC 47 post-fight press conference. “I was ready to fight five rounds with a broken leg, a broken hip, broken face, I didn’t care man. I wanted this belt.”
It showed. From the opening bell, Cruz moved like a character in a video game, slipping most of Bowles’ punches and using good mobility to remain allusive while stinging the champion with his own assault.
“I just try to be like a video game,” Cruz recounted. “Whatever (my coaches) yell, I try to throw it because they see things from a different angle than I do.”
And it worked. In between rounds two and three, the cageside doctor stepped in to recommend a halt to the bout due to a Bowles injury.
The belt is now firmly around his waist, Cruz is prepared for whatever the future holds and whoever the WEC throws at him.
“You’re just gonna see me coming back better and better and better. I’m not gonna stop.”