UFC 259: Dominick Cruz proves he nonetheless has loads left within the tank with a win over Casey Kenny.
Dominick Cruz defeated Casey Kenney through break up choice (29-28, 28-29, 30-27), at UFC 259 on Saturday, March 6, 2021, reside from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
“It was loads nearer than I needed however I bought the job carried out… What I plan to do is keep centered on the duty at hand after which make the plans afterward,” stated Cruz, who then known as for a charity struggle in opposition to Monster’s Hans Molenkamp.
Cruz immediately went for a takedown however Kenney was in a position to sprawl and defend it. Kenney landed a powerful spinning kick to the physique however Cruz responded with a head kick. Nearly all of the primary spherical was spent on the ft. Cruz displayed his trademark velocity and was in a position to transfer and keep away from lots of Kenney’s punches whereas touchdown a excessive proportion of his kicks.
The second spherical was one other standup affair. The 2 bantamweights continued to maneuver and throw. Kenney made it a spotlight within the second spherical to assault Cruz with calf kicks. Cruz was in a position to come ahead and land along with his proper hand constantly. Kenney landed a robust counter left that landed flush on Cruz’s chin close to the tip of the spherical, which was the most important punch of the spherical.
Within the third spherical, Cruz continued to indicate off his velocity, countering each time Kenney got here in. After failing on his earlier 4 takedown makes an attempt, Cruz was lastly in a position to carry Kenney to his again. Kenney did a wonderful job on the underside, grabbing maintain of Cruz’s neck and limiting his motion. Again on the ft, Cruz landed a pointy proper hand. With two minutes remaining within the spherical, each fighters opened up and began going for the end. Kenney landed a robust proper however Cruz got here proper again and landed a mixture. Cruz regarded a lot brisker and bought a second takedown with ease. The spherical ended with Cruz in a dominant place.
What’s subsequent for Cruz and Kenney
Saturday’s struggle in opposition to Kenney was the primary non-title struggle for Cruz since Sept. 27, 2014, when he knocked out Takeya Mizugaki. The win for Cruz was his first since he defended the bantamweight championship in opposition to Uriah Faber at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016. At 35 years outdated, Cruz should keep lively if he needs to make one other run on the UFC title.
Kenney entered UFC 259 on a three-fight successful streak. The struggle in opposition to Cruz was the most important alternative of Kenny’s profession and the biggest step up within the competitors he had confronted. The loss forces Kenney to stay in the identical place outdoors of the highest 15. Kenney will look to construct himself up in his subsequent struggle.
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