Renan Barao has been on a mission over the last couple of years to prove he is the best bantamweight in the UFC. Thus far, he has been successful and he is one of the greatest fighters today in MMA. He is now undefeated in the UFC, and his latest victory over Eddie Wineland was a testament to the type of dynamic kicks that he possesses.
Much like Barao, Dominick Cruz is one of the best fighters in the bantamweight division. He is the current bantamweight champ, but hasn’t been able to compete due to lingering ACL injuries. Now, it looks like he is healing up quite nicely, which is a great sign for him and fans as he might finally get to fight Barao to unify both titles.
Before these back-to-back injuries, Cruz was dominated his competition, which was predicated on his movement and ability to switch from striking to wrestling seamlessly. He has beat some top opponents in Ian McCall, Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson, Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen.
Going up against Barao for his first fight back, he has a lot on his plate. Not only does he have to take on one of the best strikers in the division, but he has to deal with the competent grappling skills of Barao.
However, the success of a true champ is not strictly measured on wins. It’s measured on the ability to battle back from adversity, which is exactly what Cruz is doing.