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Midnight Mania! Dominick Cruz interested in ‘legacy fight’ vs. Jose Aldo

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December proved an excellent month for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) legends. Dominick Cruz survived a nasty knockdown to ultimately beat up Pedro Munhoz in his second victory of 2021, while Jose Aldo picked up a main event victory over Rob Font to assert himself back into the Bantamweight title picture.

Given their shared dominance in WEC and the simple fact that their victories came just a week apart, many would-be matchmakers are eyeing a bout between the two ex-champions. For his part, Cruz is open to the idea. In fact, Cruz was quite complementary towards the Brazilian, which isn’t always common with “The Dominator.”

“What I’m hearing most from people — I haven’t really made a decision, I haven’t talked to [UFC matchmaker Sean] Shelby or anything, but I’m hearing most that the old legacy fight that never happened between me and [Jose] Aldo is, like, right there,” Cruz said on The MMA Hour (via MMAFighting). “And I think that that does it. I can completely understand that. I get how that’s an interesting fight for the world. To fight Aldo, it’s an honor.”

“Think of the things this dude’s done,” Cruz said of Aldo. “And he’s also been through the ups and downs of his career, and now made his way back in an extremely respectful form. So that fight, I understand how that can make sense. But I’m going to sit down and, you know, we’ve got to do the talks and see what happens. But you know me — I show up and I do my job, and I’m not a pick-and-chooser.”

On the other side of the equation, Aldo was hesitant towards a Cruz fight back in September, but perhaps his return to the Top 10 will ignite some interest? He’s been vocal about a fight vs. TJ Dillashaw, but perhaps one former Bantamweight kingpin is not so different from another in terms of the current rankings.

We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out in 2022.


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