Dominick Cruz continues to enjoy a successful 2016, having dethroned T.J. Dillashaw to reclaim his UFC Bantamweight Champion before successfully defending it against arch rival, Urijah Faber.
That win marked the end of their bitter rivalry, and now Dillashaw is gunning for a rematch, but The Dominator is having none of it with his sights set elsewhere.
Cruz told ESPN that he won’t be fighting Dillashaw as he’s now targeting big-money super-fights which include Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, and Jose Aldo.
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However, his desire for a super-fight all revolves around Conor McGregor and his Featherweight Championship situation.
McGregor is currently preparing for a rematch with Nate Diaz, while Aldo claimed the interim championship but Cruz is adamant that he can shake things up in the 145-pound division.
He said: “Maybe Aldo gets hurt, and I’ll fight Conor. Let’s go; you know what I mean?
“I can move up to 145 and be very competitive. I’m extremely hard to hit; I’m quick, and I’ve fought at 45 before. I’m down for it because bringing two belts together to consolidate into one, not only has it not been done; it’s tough.
“It’s a challenge. It’s a fun, interesting matchup. That’s what people want to see right now.”
A WANTED MAN
McGregor seems to be the most wanted man in the UFC right now. New Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has called him out while the hard-hitting Robbie Lawler isn’t ruling it out either.
Aldo wants his rematch, and now Cruz wants to step up and get involved as well.
At this stage, it doesn’t matter who is doing it for the money or not. McGregor is a huge draw, and Cruz would be the latest in a long line of huge threats to McGregor’s claims of being untouchable.
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