Dominick Cruz changed his career, says Reis

A lot has changed since Wilson Reis won the Elite XC Featherweight Championship back in 2008 as a fresh faced fighter with the sole aim of becoming the best he could be. Having ended his nine fight streak with Bellator, the prodigiously talented Reis was signed up by the UFC in 2013 but things haven’t panned out the way he had planned in the biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion for him and as a result, UFC Fight Night 49 has come as a new beginning for him.

He was ranked at 15 in the Bantamweight division but he dropped down a weight category to Flyweight to take on Joby Sanchez and he has credited former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the evolution of his career.

Reis stated that it was just the second time he has had a training camp at Alliance MMA and with guys like Phil Davis and Dominick Cruz training with him, he has got a lot better with time. He added that he has evolved a lot as a fighter since he last fought inside the Octagon and he feels absolutely great about this move to Flyweight.

Reis also mentioned that having a near perfect camp also had a lot to do with that feeling.

He mentioned that the team has the best fighters in the lower weight categories of the sport and every time he joins up with the team, he learns something new. It is almost five years since he first trained with the then dominant Dominick Cruz but now, he has made the move to San Diego permanent, he can expect to see a lot more of the Mexican.

He mentioned that having trained with him on a regular basis, it is easy to understand why Cruz is one of the best in the business and he has done a lot for his career as well.

Brock Lesnar to end Bryan’s reign, says JR

At Wrestle Mania 30 just a few weeks back, the flagship event of the World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE, perhaps the two best performances were put in by Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar.

As expected, the diminutive Bryan fought his way through the Authority and was finally able to get his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which saw the culmination of almost a year long program for the brawler.

The accomplishment of Lesnar was by far the more shocking of the two and to say it was not expected would be putting it mildly. The 34 year old, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Heavyweight champion defeated the Undertaker, ending his fabled streak at the promotion’s biggest annual event, an accomplishment which left the 80,000 that had packed into the auditorium and the millions viewing the event on television absolutely stunned.

And this means it would be natural for Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan to cross paths at some point or the other in the future and legendary WWE broadcaster Jim Ross feels the same. Furthermore, JR believes that crossing of paths will take place as early as August and Lesnar will be the one to end the championship reign of Bryan come Summer Slam.

Ross also mentioned that many fans and critics would raise the issue about Lesnar only being a part timer with the WWE but one cannot argue with the fact that The Beast is a huge pay per view draw and so is Bryan.

And the way the WWE is planning things these days, it wouldn’t be surprising if the promotion went after yet another money spinning rivalry by pitting Brock Lesnar against Daniel Bryan as it tries to take advantage of the mass hysteria surrounding Bryan since he became the promotion’s champion.

Cruz doesn’t require surgery for latest injury

It has been more than two years since former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight Championship holder Dominick Cruz entered the UFC Octagon and it will be almost three years by the time he finally ends up there once again after a few failed attempts previously.

The most recent setback he suffered was a tear in his groin which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 169 for the unification of the UFC Bantamweight Championship against the interim belt holder Renan Barao and was forced to vacate the title after that setback.

However, this recent injury isn’t as serious as it once seemed and according to his trainer Eric Del Fierro, his protégé doesn’t require surgery for this latest injury and he might even be able to return to training within the next six to eight weeks.

According to Del Fierro, Dominick Cruz has a Grade II or III tear in his groin and he will not need to undergo the knife once again but all he needs to do is rest up and wait for the tear to heal and added that there is no way get around it.

According to Del Fierro, Cruz didn’t want to withdraw from the match and was still looking to find some way of fighting against Barao with that injury but he just couldn’t manage it.

Cruz was doing great in training and his sparring was alright but somehow, he managed to overextend his groin and had the tear.

Dominick Cruz will now have to wait and see how the Bantamweight division pans out when he returns, considering Barao has completely decimated the opposition in the division and with his hold being strengthened with the win over Urijah Faber, Cruz will have a difficult road back to championship glory.

White says Dominick Cruz stalled his return

Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to return to the UFC Octagon after a gap of over two years following a twin surgery and is preparing to defend his lineal championship belt against the interim title holder Renan Barao.

But his return has already been mired in controversy with Dana White, the president of the UFC commenting that he feels Cruz could have easily made a return much sooner.

Cruz will put his belt on the line at UFC 169 but if White is to be believed, he stalled on his return and took longer to get back and he should normally have taken. Speaking to the media, White made the comments, although he stated that he shouldn’t be making such comments but that’s what he feels.

White mentioned that Dominick Cruz is training extremely hard for his return to the Octagon as he looks to get over every inch of ring rust that might have accumulated over time, adding that over the last few weeks he has seen Cruz do things which makes him feel he stalled on his return and could have defended the belt much earlier.

Cruz has not faced defeat in the UFC in the last six years and is on a run of ten matches unbeaten while Barao is undefeated for the last eight years and over thirty matches. White went to add further insult to injury when he mentioned that Dominick Cruz is perhaps doing the right thing by pushing him in training because no one would come face to face against a monster challenge in the form of Barao after being on the sidelines for the last two years.

The UFC president is also hoping the match lives up to the pre-match hype that it has gathered as well.

Dominick Cruz taking things slow

An anniversary is approaching the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz did not wish to celebrate; October 1 will come as the second anniversary since he was healthy enough to take on an opponent inside the UFC Octagon and defend the title belt.

That means he has been on the shelf for twenty four months in the prime of his career; considering the fact that he is just 28 years old, he spent the last two years recuperating his ACL injury instead of fighting the likes of Renan Barao and defending his title.

Cruz was scheduled to fight against long time rival Urijah Faber in 2012 but a blown knee forced him to sit out the trilogy of their fabled encounter. At the end of last years, he required another surgery after his body rejected the initial surgery. Barao is in a position where, as the interim UFC Bantamweight champion, he is sure to get a shot at the reigning champion Dominick Cruz when he returns to the ring.

But right now, he is hoping that he is fit enough to spar in training and not spend time nursing the injury anymore. According to Cruz, the doctors have cleared him for drill grappling as well as a certain limit of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Although it is a far cry from the sparring sessions he is crying out for, it seems that Cruz already has a tentative date set for his return to the cage.

In a recent interview, the Brazilian Barao stated that Dominick Cruz told him that he will get his title unification bout in February and it is clear that Cruz is planning to take things slow and not rush into it as he cannot afford another injury to sideline him for a long period.

Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder is the ring name of Matthew Brett Cardona, an American professional wrestler and singer. He was born on 14 may 1984 in Merrick, New York. His first debut in professional wrestling was with the New York wrestling connection (NYWC), in 2004. By the end of 2005 he mostly teamed with Bryan Myers and defeated the NYWC tag team champions Dickie Rodz and Mason Raige. However they were disqualified and hence did not receive the winner’s title.

The following June, the undisputedly claimed the tag team championship in a rematch. Later the same month, they were challenged by Lo Lincoln and Boog Washington, better known as the dead presidents. They eventually lost their title to the dead presidents. Matthew Cardona, yet to be known as Zack Ryder, signed a developmental contract with WWE on 24 February 2006. By October Ryder and Myers won the DSW (Deep South wrestling) tag team championship by defeating The Untouchables. In 2007 they won the OVW southern tag team championship and retained it from June 15 to June 29.

They were moved to the main roster in 2007 may finally. The won just one match, their debut match on ECW brand till they were drafted to Smackdown! in June. Though they won a battle royal to receive a WWE tag team championship match, the failed to win. At the Armageddon, both Ryder and Myers dressed up as the edge and interfered in the world heavyweight championship match. They turned heel for the first time in their WWE career. Following this, they were renamed major bothers and Cardona being renamed Zack Ryder. On 20 July, Zack Ryderand curt Hawkins won the tag-team championship from John Morrison and The Miz. La Familia had begun to rupture by summer slam and Ryder and Hawkins went back to their single stints.

Dominick Cruz will be 100% for Barao fight

Ross Pearson has given his guarantee that training partner and reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be fully fit and raring to go against Renan Barao if his recovery dictates that the interim champion of the division is his next rival.

The UFC Bantamweight champion has been missing in action since October 2011 after tearing his ACL and his delayed return prompted Dana White, the UFC president to contemplate stripping him of the title if he suffered another setback in his battle to get fit.

Such is the extent of his injury that many people have questioned Cruz’s long term future in the industry as well as his capability to take one someone of the caliber of the Brazilian who is currently the holder of the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship and is on a long run of wins as well.

But Pearson, who probably knows Dominick Cruz more than anyone due to their linkup for Team Alliance has insisted that the champion is so professional that when he makes his return, it is almost a guarantee in itself that he is ready to dominate the division once again.

According to Pearson, Cruz is moving around well, but he is still going through his rehabilitation process. He mentioned that since he cannot wrestle or even spar at this stage, he is spending his time coaching the rest of the fighters in the gym. Pearson also mentioned that Cruz has a really positive attitude and he wants to get back quickly just for the competition.

Pearson stated that Dominick Cruz has looked at both sides of the story – if he is stripped of the title or if he has to defend it against Renan Barao and is ready for anything the UFC throws at him at the moment.

Dominick Cruz can’t give timeline on return

When it was announced that Renan Barao, the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion would be defending his belt against Eddie Wineland at UFC 161, many people raised their eyebrows, with some even wondering what this match-up meant for the reigning UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Although that is still a matter of debate, one thing is for certain and that is the 135 lbs champion will not be making his comeback to the Octagon come the American summer, something that UFC was hoping for after Barao defeated Michael McDonald to defend the interim belt in February.

And speaking to MMAFighting.com, the 27 year old Cruz stated bluntly that there is still no timetable on his return to action. He stated that he is listening to the advice of the doctors and added that he doesn’t want to put any extra pressure on himself by giving a timeline on his return because that is not possible at this moment. Dominick Cruz also confirmed everything that is associated with his rehabilitation from injury is going on at 100%.

Cruz, who has a record of 19-1 in the sport last stepped inside the ring in a successful title defense against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 in October 2011. He was scheduled to face Urijah Faber in their third fight at UFC 146 but he tore an ACL just before the event, sidelining him from the event and from action ever since.

Dominick Cruz stated that the UFC is nothing but a machine and there is no stopping a machine. He mentioned that things are out of his hands at this time. He went on to add that things are definitely not good for him and sitting on the sidelines for so many months has really been frustrating.

Dana White won’t strip Dominick Cruz of title

Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s interim Bantamweight title is set to be defended by the interim champion Renan Barao against Michael McDonald over the weekend at UFC on FUEL TV: Barao vs. McDonald. But the question that gets raised inevitably when the interim belt is defended is when the lineal UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will get back inside the Octagon and fight again. Cruz has been on the sidelines of the promotion since the middle of October 2011, and after undergoing two surgeries to rehabilitate his ruptured ACL, the champion is not slated to return to the ring before the summer, at the earliest.

According to Dana White, the president of the UFC, he will definitely not be stripping the title off the reigning champion Dominick Cruz unless he is forced to do so in the scenario of the champion failing to make a comeback and is forced to retire. But the boss man of the promotion is extremely hopeful that the young gun, who is considered as one of the most talented fighters in the promotion to heal up 100%.

Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, White stated that if Cruz started training again and got injured once more, it would mean he would be ruled out at least for another year. Moreover, he stated that he absolutely hates to say all this about Cruz because he is an extremely good kid, but in such a case, he should look at the option of retiring.

But he reiterated that there is no way he is going to strip Dominick Cruz of the title, adding that the fight business works in a way where one has to beat the man who beat the champion if he wants to claim the title and stated that if he retired, the interim titleholder will be the champion.