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UFC on Versus 6 Results: 4 Fighters Who Could Challenge Dominick Cruz

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2016

UFC on Versus 6 Results: 4 Fighters Who Could Challenge Dominick Cruz

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    UFC Live 6 resulted in Dominick Cruz winning a unanimous decision victory over Demetrious Johnson.

    Cruz has picked off all the big names in the bantamweight division and is now left waiting for his next title challenger to emerge.

    With many bantamweight fights set to occur in the next few months, a challenger will most definitely emerge before the end of 2011.

    Which fighters are the best challengers to Dominick Cruz and his current 10-fight winning streak?


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Urijah Faber

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    Record: 25-5

    Urijah Faber remains the only man to have beaten Dominick Cruz. Of course, this was at featherweight and in their last fight at UFC 132 Cruz avenged that loss with a unanimous decision victory.

    Still though, Faber was able to push Cruz and lost a close decision in a fight that was thrilling.

    A third fight here could go either way with both fighters possessing the tools needed to beat the other. Unfortunately for Faber though, Cruz may have evolved to a point where that one win will be the only one Faber will have over Cruz.

Brian Bowles

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    Record: 10-1

    Brian Bowles is the only man Cruz has technically finished in his WEC and UFC career.

    That finish though was due to a broken hand that forced Bowles out of the fight and caused him to lose by TKO.

    Bowles has had injuries and finally returned in a less than impressive performance against Takeya Mizugaki.

    Bowles now is set to face Urijah Faber with the winner most likely earning a shot at Cruz.

Joseph Benavidez

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    Record: 15-2

    Joseph Benavidez has fought Cruz twice, and has lost twice.

    Both times though, Benavidez has brought Cruz to the judges scorecard—in their last fight, Benavidez lost by split decision.

    Benavidez knows what he has to do to beat Cruz and has evolved alongside Cruz, but Cruz has evolved more.

    Unfortunately for Benavidez though, he will most likely never see a shot at Cruz again and won't be able to edge out a win this time around—even though he has been the closest man to beating Cruz during his reign as bantamweight champion.

Jose Aldo

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    Record: 19-1

    UFC Featherweight Champion

    I put Jose Aldo on here because he seems like the only man who can possibly beat Cruz, obviously.

    There have been some chimes to see an Aldo versus Cruz fight put together—which honestly doesn't make sense—so that lands Aldo right here on this list.

    Aldo would be the best challenger and has the best odds to beat Cruz. He has great striking that would be able to stop Cruz's movement.

    After seeing what Aldo did to Urijah Faber with leg kicks, I doubt Cruz would be moving like he normally does in a fight.

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