Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returned to the Octagon with a vengeance at last weekend's (Sat., Sept. 27, 2014) UFC 178 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, destroying Takeya Mizugaki in just over a minute of the very first round (full fight here).
Not bad for a man who hasn't fought in over three years.
Afterward, Cruz couldn't help but take a dig at his buddies over at Team Alpha Male, home of former WEC nemesis Urijah Faber and current 135-pound champion, T.J. Dillashaw, saying that he couldn't wait to get back and start taking down some "Alpha Fails."
That little statement didn't sit too well with Dillashaw, who told UFC Tonight he was disappointed Cruz decided to take that road, seeing as how TJ has been nothing but respectful toward the former champion. Nevertheless, now that the game is on, Dillashaw can't wait to retire "The Dominator" once and for all.
"I thought his 'Alpha Fail' line was a little uncalled for since I've shown nothing but respect. But I'd be happy to put him in retirement."
Not only had Dillashaw yet to speak ill of Cruz, he declared that he was happy for the former champ following his impressive performance against the No. 5-ranked bantamweight in the world.
In fact, other members of the famed camp including Faber and Joseph Benavidez, were also happy for Cruz and posted kind words (see them here and here) for him afterward; though it didn't take long for them to change their tune following Dominick's post-fight speech.
But now that it has been confirmed that "The Dominator" will indeed get next crack at Dillashaw, words will go out the window and the world will truly find out who the best 135-pound fighter in MMA really is.
Who ya' got?