After a two-year hiatus from fighting to recover from multiple surgeries on his torn ACL, reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (Twitter: @TheDomin8r) is returning to the ring at UFC 169 against the interim champion Renan Barao. In an exclusive interview with Inside MMA, Cruz talked about the concerns going into his upcoming bout.
Said Cruz about his footwork:
“You know my footwork is as good as ever. The biggest thing is getting your timing back, getting your rhythm back… your reaction time without thinking. That’s what takes time to get back and that’s what the camp is going to be about. But as for footwork, it’s all exactly where I left it and I’ve got some new tricks up my sleeve.”
Said Cruz about cage rust:
‘I feel that cage rust is something that’s brought up to give odds makers something to bet on. I think you can work it completely out of your system as long as you’re in training camp and training correctly. The biggest part about ring rust is the mental part. I think a lot of that comes from not being able to control your adrenaline, not being able to understand where you are at, not being able to relax at the right times in the fight when you need to, and you can figure all of that out, not only mentally by training your mind, but in camp you put yourself in those predicaments and rough situations. You fight out of them and that’s how you prepare for ring rust. It won’t be an issue and I will be ready on the night of the fight.”
Source: Inside MMA
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After an incredible night of bouts at Provincial Fighting Championship 1 on Saturday in London, Ontario, MMA DieHards Radio thinks it’s only right to recap the event with another PFC special.
PFC matchmaker Alex Caporicci (@alexmma), play-by-play commentator Reed Duthie (@rcduthie) and PFC president Jamie Champion (@ChampionJamie) will cap off this exclusive edition of MMA DieHards Radio that should not be missed.
Provincial Fighting Championship 1 took place in the Western Fair District in London, Ontario, on Saturday, and every bout delivered.
The main event of PFC 1 had a London favorite, Chris Horodecki, defeating Frank Caraballo in a three-round clash.
Horodecki was te controller of the fight for the most part, but showed his ground game in the third round. After slamming his shin into Caraballo’s thigh over and over again for two rounds, Horodecki switched up the game plan and took the American down in final frame.
Horodecki ket busy on the canvas and showed an evolved skill set in winning a unanimous decision.
Mike Karkula edged out a split-decision win over Jesse Gross, but not without enduring punishment.
The better jiu-jitsu player in the match, Karkula, accomplished mount in the first round and put fists on Gross’ face with intent to finish. Gross, although, showed a strong will and withstood the punches.
In Round 2, Gross displayed much better takedown defense and hit Karkula with hard punches. As Karkula attempted for any sort of a knee or ankle lock, Gross made his opponent pay by bashing him with punches that sounded like a soccer ball being kicked. Karkula showed durability while trying to latch on to a submission, but Gross certainly hurt submission master.
Round 3 was a tilt that teetered in Karkula’s favor. He slightly got the better of Gross and went on to secure a victory.
Kyle Prepolec beat Adam Assenza is a high paced, back and forth rumble.
Both Prepolec and Assenza came out throwing caution to the wind and fists at each other. Prepolec took a blow below the belt which caused a lengthy pause in the match, however, the bout, once again, ensued. Lacking the action the match initially had, the combatants locked up against the cage in a stalemate position for most of the remainder of the round.
Round 2 showed glimpses of how the match began, but Assenza was on the wrong end of the stand-up fight and took Prepolec down. Once the match got back to stand the two combatants went for broke again. Trading punches and elbows for the majority, and once Assenza fell to the canvas, Prepolec was relentless with punches and knees to the body until the referee had seen enough.
Prepolec won via TKO at 4:40 of Round 2.
In the only females’ bout on the main card, Lynell House battered Shannon Ludlow en route to a TKO win.
The two combatants kept the action flowing , but threw technique out the window in their slugfest. Ludlow took what she could, but was finally overworked by House and ate far to many punches. The referee stepped in to check on Ludlow and she admitted she could not continue.
House won via TKO at 4:17 of Round 1.
Hector Garcia took Joel Paquette out of consciousness in their match to kick off the PFC 1 main card.
The two mixed martial artists traded leather, but when Paquette got clipped he would use his superior wrestling to take Garcia down. Paquette came close to stopping the bout in the first round, however, Garcia lasted through the punches and made it to the second frame.
Garcia kept backing Paquette up with stiff punches to the center of his face. Paquette did nothing to defend to oncoming strikes and eventually got hit with a single punch that knocked him completely out. Paquette collapsed to the ground, and Garcia saw there was no need to follow up with any more punches.
Garcia won the bout at 0:42 of Round 2.
The Provincial Fighting Championship 1 preliminary card, which included four first-round finishes, set a high benchmark for the main card
Malcolm Gordon made it through adversity to finish Lloyd Reyes.
Gordon landed harder strike to begin the bout, especially a leg kick that sounded like a bat hitting a tree, but Reyes dropped the ATC fighter. Gordon used his elite grappling skills to regain dominant position. Reyes got the fight back to its feet, but that turned out to be a mistake.
Gordon hit Reyes with a punch that stumbled his opponent, and followed up with another that dropped him. Gordon jumped on Reyes to finish him off, but the referee was not far behind to halt the match at 3:38 on Round 1.
Darryl Marin withstood a powerful slam to defeat Ryan Thomson in the first round.
Marin, a muay thai specialist, was tied up in an effort to nullify his strikes after the opening bell sounded. Thomson slammed Marin thunderously to the canvas, which took the wind out of his opponent. However, Marin kept his wits about himself and reacted properly as he sunk in a rear-naked choke to finish the match.
Randa Marcos grinded out a decision victory against Kara Kirsh in the evening’s first female bout.
With a change in pace for the card, Marcos and Kirish handled their business on the ground. A technical grappling match, Marcos held top position and landed flurries of punches on two separate occasions. Kirish did a good job of preventing Marcos to advance position, but eventually got mounted. Marcos dropped elbows until the first frame expired.
With the succes Marcos had in Round 1 in the grappling department, she immediately clinched with Kirish and pinned her against the fence. IN an attempted takedown on Marcos’ behalf, Kirish reversed it and secured back mount. Marcos turned, but became mounted. With another reversal, Marcos mounted Kirish and the round ended.
Round 3 offered similar action to the previous frame. Marcos clinched with Kirish and neither combatant attempted much offense in the way of striking.
Woodrow James took out hometown fighter Kyle Stephenson in under two minutes.
James dropped Stephenson with a straight right and pounced on him. Stephenson got up, but James kept the onslaught pouring, hitting his opponent with knees and punches until the referee intervened and called a stop to the bout in the opening frame at 1:45.
Chris Watson knocked out Ryan Waterman in the night’s first bout.
Watson was clearly the more polished boxer, as he threw combinations, working Waterman’s body and head. Watson mimicked the same flurry (head, body head) and finishing with an uppercut. After stunning Waterman with an uppercut, it took one last head shot to collapse the middleweight midway through Round 1 and secure the victory.
*Editor’s note: Ben Rose was the author of this story.