MMA News: Ex-Champ Dominick Cruz Shows How Defeat Should Be Handled

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/02/17 02:35AM EST
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz
Dominick Cruz walks to the Octagon to face Cody Garbrandt in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Like Ronda Rousey, Dominick Cruz also experienced defeat at UFC 207 at the hands of his challenger and new undisputed world bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.

Co-headlining the December 30th card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, "The Dominator" was expected by many to pick up an easy win, despite the evident knockout power that "No Love" possesses. However, the results were different than the predictions, as it was Garbrandt who showed more effectiveness with his movement and landeding shots, en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Cruz has been known for his gift of gab, and it was seen(and heard) through the countless verbal exchanges he had with Garbrandt during the build-up of their fight. But just like his pre-fight talking abilities, his post-fight talking was evident, even in defeat, as he was more gracious in tone.

"I've been on the pound-for-pound list for a long time," Cruz said during his post-fight media scrum (via MMA Fighting). "Even when I was hurt with triple ACL reconstructive surgeries, there was a target on my back. I had to come back and fight through it. This was no different. This was just another fight that I had to challenge myself."

Cruz did not specify what his next career move will be, or if he would be taking Garbrandt up on the offer for a rematch. But at the end of it all, the 31-year-old fighter says he will be "taking the loss like a man."

While Cruz was open to the media about his post-fight sentiments, Rousey continued to keep herself away from any press obligation, which has been the case since she lost to Holly Holm in November 2015. Many people have criticized her for it, but according to MMAJunkie.com's Ben Fowlkes, "Rowdy" should not be given flak for doing so.

"She took the safe route, in other words. The path that guarded her psyche and ego. The path that probably felt a lot easier than ripping open those raw nerves in full public view," an excerpt from Fowlkes' column reads. 

 

 



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