Poor Dominick Cruz. Here’s a guy who has run roughshod over his division, achieved championship level success in the WEC and UFC, and has now officially defended his UFC championship. The guy is legit.
Unfortunately for him, all people seem to be able to talk about is what a disappointment he is as champion. Not a disappointment in terms of skills, which he clearly has, or exciting fights, which he almost always puts on. No, Cruz is a “disappointment” because he can’t seem to get the whole world to stand up and applaud him every time he walks into a room.
I exaggerate, but only a little. In the minds of some fans, the lighter weight classes—particularly bantamweight—haven’t “caught on” in fans imaginations yet, and the reason for that is Dominick Cruz.
His debut title defense in the UFC drew “only” 350,000 PPV buys, or about what Anderson Silva drew when he faced Patrick Cote. But hey, don’t let me ruin a good media narrative with some facts or anything.
This fight probably won’t do stellar ratings and once again, I’m guessing the blame will be laid at Dominick’s feet. He shouldn’t care about such things, however, since as far as I’m concerned he’s doing his job as he should be.
He’s exciting, classy, intelligent and making all the right moves. Plus, he has the UFC promotional machine behind him. I think given time, he’ll have no problem becoming a star in the UFC.
A big part of that process will be watching his fights, as it will be for all the bantam and featherweights. Simply put, the fights will rock, and if the fights rock, people will be watching.
Demetrious Johnson is the perfect opponent to guarantee a fun fight with Cruz—not that the division is really lacking for exciting fighters. Johnson is tough, technical, and fights like the Energizer bunny on cocaine. This fight is going to be a war, and I honestly don’t see any losers in this one. Even the guy who is defeated will see his stock go up with a strong performance. And the fans will benefit from a fun, free world title fight.
And that’s sort of the point of all this, isn’t it?