Dominick Cruz Will Return To Octagon, Fight T.J. Dillashaw On Jan. 17

by NESN Staff

September 10, 2015

The wait for Dominick Cruz’s return to active duty is over, as the former UFC bantamweight champion will look to reclaim the title he never lost in the octagon when he faces current champ T.J. Dillashaw on Sunday, Jan. 17.

UFC president Dana White announced the bout Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”

The five-round championship bout, which will be held at a site to be determined, is the first to air live on FOX Sports 1.

The king of the 135-pounders since May of 2014, when he upset Renan Barao to win the belt, T.J. Dillashaw has continued to look unstoppable, successfully defending his crown with knockouts of Joe Soto in August 2014 and Barao in their July rematch. In the 30-year-old Cruz, he will be facing a former WEC champion who became the UFC’s first bantamweight titleholder in 2010.

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Thumbnail photo via Dominick Cruz celebrates his knockout victory over Takeya Mizugaki.
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