Dominick Cruz attacking Urijah Faber
The main event of the evening features a bantamweight championship bout between current UFC title holder Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz and the No. 1 contender, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson.
As the No. 9 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and the current UFC bantamweight champion with an overall MMA record of 18-1, Cruz needs no introduction to the UFC fans.
Possessing unlimited cardiovascular conditioning and a non-stop attack inside the cage, Cruz's relentless pace is an asset to the champion.
Balanced in his skill-set, "The Dominator" is an effective striker, yet lacks fearful knockout power. However, what Cruz lacks in punching prowess he makes up for in overall volume of strikes. The champion throws an exhausting number of punches and kicks during his matchups.
Like Cruz, Johnson is a relentless competitor inside the Octagon. Lacking in size and evasiveness when compared to the title holder, "Mighty Mouse" makes up for these deficiencies with his heart and determination.
The one aspect that Johnson holds an advantage over Cruz is in the jiu-jitsu game. Crafty with his submission skills, "Mighty Mouse" has finished five of his opponents by tapout, whereas Cruz has only submission victory.
The matchup between these two energizer competitors will take place on their feet. A feverish pace and non-stop assaults by both competitors will dominate this exciting bantamweight bout.
In the end, Cruz will secure his title with a decision victory.
With 12 victories by decision, experts should now begin to question the current champions ability to finish his opponents as they currently argue Georges St-Pierre's inability to dominate during his title defenses.
Cruz has the talent to retain the title. However, he does lack the knockout power and the submission skills to dominate during his championship bouts.
Without his cardiovascular conditioning and elusiveness in the stand-up exchanges, our conversations regarding Cruz's dominance within the Octagon would be completely different.
I give "The Dominator" credit for earning his championship and defending it thus far. However, ultimately the champ will need to learn to finish his opponents and not allow for the judges to ensure his future.
Winner: Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision victory