Thursday 29 September 2016

TJ Dillashaw surrenders title as he loses to Dominick Cruz

Published 18/01/2016 | 08:46

Dominick Cruz celebrates defeating T.J. Dillashaw (not pictured) to win the World Bantamweight Championship during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden
Dominick Cruz celebrates defeating T.J. Dillashaw (not pictured) to win the World Bantamweight Championship during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden

Dominick Cruz regained the UFC bantamweight title Sunday night, outpointing TJ Dillashaw by split decision at the TD Garden.

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Cruz (21-1) received winning scores of 48-47 and 49-46, and the other judge scored the five-round bout 49-46 for Dillashaw (13-3).

Forced to relinquish the title because of a series of knee injuries, Cruz fought for the first time since 2014 and the second time since 2011. Dillashaw was making his third title defense.

Cruz took down Dillashaw in each of the first four rounds and used his footwork to control the distance for most of the fight.

"Honestly, nobody's retiring me except for me," Cruz said in the Octagon afterwards.

In the co-main event, Eddie Alvarez won a three-round split decision against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Also on the main card, heavyweight Travis Browne stopped Matt Mitrione in the third round, and lightweight Francisco Trinaldo won a three-round unanimous decision over Ross Pearson.

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