UFC Fight Night Boston Dillashaw Vs Cruz Recap & Results
Monday January 18, 2016– Live from the TD Garden in Boston, The UFC made their return with a huge title fight. Undisputed bantamweight champion Tj Dillashaw was set to defend his title against the returning Dominick Cruz. Throughout the years these two men have shown that they do not get along what so ever, while most compare these two as the same type of fighter their personalities couldn’t be more different. Cruz returning from injury has everyone asking questions if he is ready to fight the top bantamweight in the world, and the champion is fighting for the first time with his new camp two compelling stories one fight and only one can prevail. A light weight showdown between Anthony Showtime Pettis and Eddie Alvarez was the co main event, and with a potential title shot on the line they had the TD Garden rocken. A heavyweight showdown between Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione and a full slate of prelims.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!
The 1st prelim got things started on UFC Fightpass in the light heavyweight division as Francimar Barroso (17-4) took on Elvis Mutapcic (15-3), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Francimar Barroso. Next up in the in the bantamweight division Rob Font (11-1) took on Joey Gomez (6-0), and the winner by TKO in the 2nd round Rob Font. Next up in the featherweight division Charles Rosa (10-2) took on Kyle Bochniak (6-0), after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision and still undefeated Kyle Bochniak. Back to the light heavyweight division for the next bout, as Sean O Connell (17-6) took on Llir Latifi (11-4), after 30 seconds into the 1st round the winner by TKO Llir Latifi. Next up in the featured bout for the Fightpass portion of the car we go to the lightweight division as Paul Felder (10-2) took on Daron Cruickshank (16-7), into the 3rd round a fight that he was possibly loosing up to the finish the winner by Submission due to a rear naked choke Paul Felder. The prelim continues on Foxsports1 as the featherweights are up next, Maximo Blanco (12-6-1) took on Luke Sanders (10-0). The winner and still undefeated Luke Sanders, a 1st round submission finish what a debut. Next up in the lightweight division Chris Wade (10-1) took on Mehdi Baghdad (11-2), and the winner by rear naked choke Chris Wade. Next up in the light heavyweight division Tim Boetsch (18-9) took on Ed Herman (23-11), and the winner by TKO Ed Herman. Next up in the featherweight division was the featured fight of the prelims as Patrick Cote (23-9) took on Ben Saunders (19-6-2), the winner by TKO in the 2nd round Patrick Cote. A very well put together fight for Cote, a well deserved win. The main card kicks off in the lightweight division as Ross Pearson (20-9) took on Francisco Trinaldo (18-4), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Francisco Trinaldo. Next up the heavyweights, no doubt one of the most exciting fight of the night as Travis Browne (17-3-1) took on Matt Mitrione (9-4), the winner by TKO in the 3rd round Travis Browne. A huge win for Browne hopefully a top 5 opponent is next for him.
Co Main Event Lightweight Division
#1 Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (18-3) Vs #4 Eddie Alvarez (26-4)
The co main event was a lightweight fight that has so much up for grabs than a hell of a matchup. Anthony Pettis who was the top lightweight in the UFC until recently really shared the spotlight with Eddie Alvarez and whatever brand he was dominating then. Now both in the UFC and both a win away from a potential title fight, there was no doubt they would leave it all in the octagon. The 1st round starts out with Alvarez landing a takedown, but Pettis right back to his feet. Both fighters work against the cage as Alvarez is putting on the pressure. Not a lot of offense early on Alvarez lands the trip but Pettis back up and the fighters work back into the center. Pettis goes for a spinning wheel kick and Alvarez drives Showtime back into the cage. Both fighters back to the center and exchange leg kicks and punches, the 1st round comes to an end, and in my eyes with the very little offense the first round would go to Alvarez but Pettis did land some hard blows. The 2nd starts out in the center with both guys exchanging hard kicks, Alvarez works for another takedown but Pettis work his way back out and starts to throw some combos. Alvarez works for another takedown but Pettis defense has gotten a lot better and he stuffs another one. Strong kicks and quick jabs to Eddie’s eye are starting to slow Alvarez down, Alvarez works for another takedown that gets stuffed and the 2nd round comes to an end. A little more work in the 2nd, Pettis did a lot more than in the 1st but fight is anyone’s at this point. The 3rd starts out with Alvarez putting more pressure on Pettis, They work back to the center and Pettis lands one on Alvarez that bust him open. Alvarez lands a takedown and takes Pettis to the ground. Pettis try’s for a leg lock but it fails and Alvarez goes for side control. Pettis gets to his feet and try’s to break free but Alvarez takes Pettis back down. Eddie continues to pressure Pettis, really sucking the air out of the former champion. Back to the center and as the fighters start to exchange the fight comes to an end. They go the distance, and the constant pressure by Alvarez really proved to be the difference maker in the fight as towards the end Pettis really started to wear down. Pettis did land some really hard blows through the fight, but not enough to really hurt Alvarez. The winner by split decision Eddie Alvarez. A really really close fight all the way down to the score card. Big things coming for Eddie Alvarez. Pettis looked good but just never got going.
Main Event Undisputed Bantamweight Championship
C. Tj Dillashaw (13-2) Vs #1 Dominick Cruz (20-1)
The main event was set to be a straight up banger with just how good these two fighters are, but the fact that both fighters can’t stand each other made the main event even batter. Tj Dillashaw the champion is really trying to show the world that he is the best bantamweight in the world, and that he can take out any challenger. Cruz who has been battled with injuries the last few years is finally healthy and ready for his title shot. The fact that he never lost his title inside the octagon, burns Cruz inside and now time for talk is over. Both men are healthy and ready for a war. One title two men only one can walk out the winner. The 1st round starts out with both fighters exchanging punches, a lot of movement early on. Cruz is non stop moving as Dillashaw has slowed down being more patient on his strikes. Dillishaw goes for the takedown as round one comes to an end but Cruz was ready. The 1st round came to an end with both guys really moving a lot but no a lot of action, the strikes were right down the middle tied, a tough one to score. The 2nd round starts out with both fighters having a lot of movement, Tj is throwing volume but not landing due to the speed of Cruz. Dillashaw tries to work in the high leg kick that has been blocked both times. Dillashaw lands a few shots to slow down Cruz a tad bit. Cruz lands a take down, the champion back up and another takedown by Cruz, and again Dillashaw back up to his feet. The 2nd round comes to and end with Cruz having the momentum, Cruz was able to land the takedown without issue, Dillashaw slowed down Cruz with some hard jabs something he needs to work on in the 3rd. The round begins with Tj throwing volume that has Cruz moving around. The Champion isn’t moving around like he was earlier in the fight, he’s staying more flat-footed and loading his punches. Cruz shoots and lands another takedown. After a hard scramble both men are back up. Cruz throws and lands a nice combination, The Champion is really wearing down as the 3rd round comes to an end. Both fighters are tired but Cruz maintains the momentum. The 4th round starts out with Cruz wearing down the champion, but Dillashaw throws and lands a hard leg kick that hurts the challenger. Cruz answers back with another takedown, but Dillashaw works it right back up to the feet. Dillashaw lands a takedown and tried to take Cruz back Dillashaw working the injured leg and it’s starting to show as Cruz has slowed down almost to a flat foot stance. The 4th round comes to an end with the champion gaining a little more momentum. Cruz has slowed down a lot, the 5th and final round will be a brawl. The 5th starts out with both fighters staying close. Dillashaw lands a huge leg kick that shakes Cruz, Tj throwing more volume that are landing, Cruz throws a big combo that lands, Dillashaw lands a leg kick that has Cruz wobbling. Both fighters throwing bombs none landing. Both fighters need a finish and are doing the best they can to get it. Both guys are exhausted as the punches are coming fewer and fewer, but as I say that a huge combo lands for Cruz. Tj works the leg, as the 5th is coming to a close both fighters throw punches that land and the fight comes to and end as they go the distance. A great fight that for the winner will be earned. A fight that was up in the air through all five rounds. Cruz really worked his strengths with his defense and takedowns that had Dillashaw realign. Tj took his time getting going but when he did he was affective especially when he dominated Cruz leg. A great fight that came all the way down to the wire. The winner by split decision ANDNEW undisputed bantamweight champion of the world Dominick Cruz. Cruz worked his game all night stayed fast and never let Tj get going. Dillashaw wasn’t as ready as he thought he was but still brought the fight all the way down to the wire. Congrats to the new champion Dominick Cruz.
At the end of the night Boston and the UFC tore down the MMA world on a Sunday night. Dominick Cruz fought through all his adversity and earned back the title he never lost. Dillashaw a class act and a true champion fought hard and im sure will be back. Eddie Alvarez emerged as potential number one contender for the lightweight champion of the world. A lot of big fights from the prelims to the main card. UFC matchmakers shined again, can’t wait to see what’s next.
UFC Fight Night Boston Dillashaw Vs Cruz Results:
- Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw
to win bantamweight title by
split decision (48-47, 46-49, 49-46)
- Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis by
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione by
TKO (strikes) in Round 3, 4:09
- Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson by
unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD #2
- Patrick Cote def. Ben Saunders by
TKO (punches) in Round 2, 1:14
- Ed Herman def. Tim Boetsch by
TKO (knee, punches) in Round 2, 1:39
- Chris Wade def. Mehdi Baghdad by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 4:30
- Luke Sanders def. Maximo Blanco by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:38
PRELIMINARY CARD #1
- Paul Felder def. Daron Cruickshank by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 3, 3:36
- Ilir Latifi def. Sean O’Connell by
knockout (punches) in Round 1, 0:30
- Charles Rosa def. Kyle Bochniak by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rob Font def. Joey Gomez by
TKO (strikes) in Round 2, 4:13
- Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapcic by
unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Rick San Bartolome
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