Dominick Cruz Retains WEC Title, Adds UFC Belt And Calls Out Urijah Faber

December 16, 2010

Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen - WEC 53

Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen - WEC 53

Dominick Cruz showed why his nickname is the “Dominator” with a one-sided victory over challenger Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 to retain his WEC bantamweight title and made history by becoming the first UFC Bantamweight Champion.

Cruz used his movement and speed, dancing and landing punches in the process. As the fight wore on he mixed it up securing takedown after takedown on the former three-time Pac-10 wrestling champion.

The Arizona native put on a clinic in front of the crowd at the Arena in Phoenix controlling every aspect of the fight, leaving the WEC blue canvas cage with two belts.

“Scottie is extremely tough. He took everything I had, head kicks, everything. He’s a tough dude, man,” said Cruz in his post-fight interview.

Closing the door on the WEC and looking to his future in the UFC, Cruz expects more title defenses lie ahead.

“The future holds a lot of title defenses. Every time I fight I’m in here fighting for a new belt, and I’m going to keep that mindset all the way from the beginning to the end,” sated the newly crowned UFC bantamweight titleholder.

After thanking his team for getting him where he is, Cruz was clear who he wants to fight next in his UFC debut.

“I’m ready to fight Urijah (Faber). Lets do it,” said Cruz.

Faber handed Cruz his only blemish on his professional record in a featherweight bout back at WEC 26 in 2007.