The chance to become the WEC’s last and the UFC’s first bantamweight champion was the prize on offer tonight as Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen stepped into the cage at WEC 53.
As anticipated Cruz was a bundle of energy from the opening bell, using his footwork to dance around Jorgensen, landing strikes and then disappearing before his opponent had a chance to respond.
We’ve seen it before from Cruz and once again he quickly left Jorgensen looking a step behind him and short on ideas on how to get his own offense working against the unorthadox striker. That would become the story of the fight.
It wasn’t just Cruz’s stand-up that was impressive though, in the second round he scored his first in what would be a series of effortless takedown on the wrestler throughout the rest of the fight. From their he continued to stay busy, working punches to his body and elbow to his head as he wore down his durable adversary.
At no time in either the stand-up or on the mat did Cruz look like he was going to be able to finish the fight, but at the same time he never looked like he was going to slow down his remarkable pace, or was going to be in any danger himself.
By the championship rounds Jorgensen was tiring while Cruz continued to buzz around him, putting in a virtuoso performance and leave the judges in no doubts about who was going to emerge victorious.
In the end it would be a whitewash for the champion, going 50-45 on all three judges scorecards. No one has dominated Jorgensen like this, and like all truly great fighters Cruz is developing a knack for making good fighters look mediocre.
Cruz now retires the WEC’s 135lb belt and becomes the UFC’s first ever bantamweight champion. On this evidence he may hold onto his title for some time to come, though Urijah Faber, the only man to beat him in his career to date, may have other ideas.