It’s been more than 3.5 years since Dominick Cruz has stepped into the Octagon for a fight, yet on Saturday (May 9, 2020) he looks to recapture his old Bantamweight belt from Henry Cejudo at UFC 249. The battle is a late replacement one as Cruz fills in for Cejudo’s original opponent, Jose Aldo. And while the odds are against Cruz on this one, you can’t forget that he ruled over the 135-pound division for several years, defeating all comers until Cody Garbrandt finally dethroned him in Dec. 2016.
That loss to Garbrandt marked Cruz’s first defeat at the hands of a Team Alpha Male member since Urijah Faber beat him in their first meeting back in March 2007 at WEC 26. Between those two fights, Cruz would periodically defeat their camp, taking out Faber (twice), Joseph Benavidez (twice), and T.J. Dillashaw (once). Over the years, it became something of a Team Alpha Male obsession to figure out Cruz’s style and defeat him in the cage.
In this latest edition of SBN MMA’s “Beef Wars,” we take a look at the long history of smack unleashed by Dominick Cruz against Team Alpha Male, the origins of the beef, and where the feud stands today. With Team Alpha Male continuing to pump out some of the best fighters under 145 pounds and “The Dominator” returning from injuries to competition, Dom’s 5-2 record against the team isn’t a final score at all, but certainly constitutes more than enough smack talk for a pretty wild video ride.
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