Sunday, 02 October 2011 08:24
Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson played Cat and Mighty Mouse for 5 rounds last night at UFC on Versus 6, with Cruz walking away with a unanimous decision victory to retain his UFC bantamweight crown. The fight was extremely fast paced from the opening bell--Joe Rogan even suggested that viewers DVR the fight and watch it in slow-mo--but it was not the stand up war that many fans were expecting.
Cruz found himself outspeeded for probably the first time in his MMA career. Mighty Mouse is a blur in the cage, and he tried to take the stand up to Cruz. In response, Dominick switched gears and decided to wrestle Johnson, which proved to be a winning strategy. After the fight he said:
It was a tough fight. The kid's got a sick pace, man. So I had to outwrestle him.
Cruz's grappling was a smart tactic in the fight, although it left many fans wondering about his finishing ability. Nine of his last ten fights have gone the distance. But hey, the idea is to win, and that's what The Dominator does. If last night is any indication, Cruz will be dominating the UFC's 135 pound division for a long time to come.
In another main card match, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson did some dominating of his own against Charlie Brenneman. The Spaniard, as Brenneman is known, tried to take Rumble down, but Johnson sprawled and held Charlie down while landing some big shots. When Brenneman got back to his feet, he was met with a powerful head kick that knocked him down again and prompted referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the bout.
The stoppage had many fans upset because Brenneman appeared to have his wits about him after the head kick. It did seem a bit premature from where I was sitting, but if a ref is going to err, it's better to err on the side of fighter saftey.
Here are the complete results of last night's fights: