>> Saturday, December 26, 2015
Many fans questioned rather the former champ would come back after a three year long lay, and two ACL surgeries. The viewers continued to say that ring rust was going to be a factor despite what Dominick Cruz said. He made his walk to the cage, the fight commenced, and 61 seconds later he held both hands up as his then #5 opponent lied there out of his senses. Dominick Cruz had earned a vicious technical knockout of Takeya Mizugaki in an absolutely one sided performance in which Dominick Cruz only took three strikes. Ring rust was not a fator. Not long after the king returned to his kingdom, and was ready to take the thrown back he was injured once more. This time it was on the knee that he made it through the lay off uninjured. By the time he steps back into the cage to take on the current Bantamweight kingpin TJ Dillashaw on January 17 it will have been roughly 2 months short of a year and a half away from the cage. Once again those on the outside of the cage are wondering if ring rust will be a factor in thie fight, and in a recent interview Dominick Cruz gave his opinion on fighters in general and ring rust
[Link to the Cruz vs Mizugaki]
"Ring rust isn't real in my opinion. It's just not being ready for the fight, and then these guys lose the fight and they say 'I didn't fight a long time so I'm rusty. Wong, you didn't prepare for the fight because you didn't fight for a long time."
Will he be ready for the champ TJ Dillashaw? With both knees having suffered injuries at this point I would say that would be a bigger issue than any time off would be to Cruz.