Dominick Cruz has done a fantastic job in his mixed martial arts career to prove why he’s currently ranked second in the UFC pound for pound rankings.
Sitting just behind the dominant flyweight king, Demetrious Johnson, The Dominator has steamrolled through 22 of his 23 opponents, with Urijah Faber being the only blip on an otherwise impeccable record.
Although, he came out of their trilogy the victor with two wins, the latest coming at UFC 199 in June this year when he retained his bantamweight championship.
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Obviously, when you’re that good, and you continue to prove it every time you step inside of the Octagon, fans question when the big-name fights will come.
In 2016, names don’t come any bigger than Conor McGregor.
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Everybody seems to want a piece of the Irishman, and rightfully so as not only do they get a ridiculous payday, but we get to watch some intriguing match-ups too.
Numerous fighters have remained vocal in wanting to fight McGregor, such as Eddie Alvarez, Donald Cerrone and Jose Aldo, to name a few.
"I CAN BEAT MCGREGOR, ABSOLUTELY"
However, speaking from the FOX Sports analyst desk following the UFC 204 event, Cruz explained he’d have no problem in moving up in weight to issue a similar challenge after a fan asked him about a potential fight with Notorious.
He said: “Look, everybody is calling out McGregor, so I don’t wanna be another guy cause everybody wants that fight, but the thing is, McGregor is picking his own fights. So that’s not up to me. That’s not up to the UFC; that’s up to McGregor.
“Now I know as much as McGregor, and more about this sport than anybody, and it seems that the only way to beat McGregor is with your mind.
“I know I can do that. I know I can also technically beat him, and I know that at 145 pounds I’m extremely fast and hard to deal with. I can beat McGregor, absolutely.
“And I would love to fight him at 145 pounds, or 155 if he wins the title, I don’t care, I’m the champion, and my style is built for moving up in weight class cause I don’t take damage.”
Although this is one of many challenges that’s come McGregor’s way, Cruz is perhaps the most dangerous, especially since the fight could be a reality due to the 10-pound weight difference between the pair.
If somebody like Mighty Mouse had a hard time dealing with an elusive and unpredictable Cruz, and even tasted defeat, you know McGregor wouldn’t be in for an easy night either.
Who do you think would win in a fight between Dominick Cruz and Conor McGregor? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.