When WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (16-1) steps into the cage Thursday in Arizona, he’ll be facing a familiar opponent. Though he has never faced Scott Jorgensen (11-3), Cruz believes his past WEC experiences has prepared him for what Scott Jorgensen will bring to the table at WEC 53.
“I look at this fight as kind of a mixture of all my fights in the WEC coming together to prepare me for Scott Jorgensen,” explained Cruz.
Cruz believes that previous opponents like Ian McCall, Charlie Valencia and Brian Bowles, whom he has already defeated, all have similarities to Jorgensen. Don’t mistake that as Cruz is overlooking Jorgensen by any means though, in fact, it’s the complete opposite.
Cruz trains at Alliance MMA in San Diego, California with training partners Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, Rolando “Thunder Squirrel” Perez, Wilson Reis, Danny Martinez and Scott Heckman for as Cruz stated, “the biggest fight of my life.”
This fight holds more than just retaining his WEC bantamweight belt, the winner will be known as the last WEC champ, and more importantly, will become the first ever UFC bantamweight champion. That would be a dream come true for Cruz and something he has worked so hard for, finally coming true.
“For me to do something like that is literally everything that I’ve done in my life, in sports coming together and it would not have been in vein,” expressed Cruz.
Their bantamweight title fight will be the co-main event of the night behind a lightweight championship bout between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. WEC 53 is a stacked card that will surely send the action-packed promotion out with a bang and set up a exciting 2011 in the UFC.
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