An intriguing bout that takes place at UFC 169 is between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao. Both of these fighters will be unifying the bantamweight title, and it’s going to be a fun one for the fans. There are a lot of questions surrounding this fight, namely, how will Cruz come back after having been out of active competition for so long?
This is what everyone is thinking about, but Cruz has said numerous times that the long layoff will not be a factor. In fact, he has said in numerous interviews that the time off has allowed him to really focus on beating Barao, who is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC right now.
Cruz had this pound-for-pound status before getting injured, and he will look to get some of the attention back when he takes on Barao. On paper, disregarding how long Cruz has been out, Cruz has a great shot at winning this fight. He’s one of the best guys in the division at mixing things up and using this footwork, which could confuse Barao at points in the fight.
Cruz also has cardio to go all five rounds, something that Barao has not really been tested. Also, Cruz’s footwork allows him to be virtually impossible to hurt, which is what Barao relies on every one of his fights. If there is any man in the bantamweight division to end Barao’s impressive winning streak, it’s Cruz, and it’s going to be fun to see him finally get back inside the cage and defend his belt.