Dominick Cruz is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States of America of Mexican descent, currently signed on to the mixed martial arts promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC where he competes as a Bantamweight. He also holds the Bantamweight Championship belt in the UFC and according to Sherdog, Cruz is miles ahead of the other Bantamweights in the world, a division in which he is ranked number 1 and is also ranked as the 8th best fighter in the world. Nicknamed The Dominator, Cruz was born on the 3rd of September, 1985 in the city of Tuscan in Arizona, United States of America in a family of Mexican immigrants and began to learn the arts of tae kwon do, wrestling and kickboxing since he was very little. It was after he had begun to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu and his trainer told him how good he was that he began to contemplate a career in mixed martial arts where he began his professional career in organizations such as Total Combat as well as Rage in a Cage.
Dominick Cruz was quickly signed on by the World Extreme Cage-fighting or WEC after his exploits at Rage in a Cage and in his very first match at WEC; he was given a shot at the Featherweight Championship, which was his class at that time, but he lost in the very first round of the match by virtue of a guillotine choke and this has so far remained his only loss in professional mixed martial arts. After making his debut in the Bantamweight division of the WEC, Cruz went on a winning streak winning his matches quite easily and in the last ever Bantamweight Championship match at the WEC, Dominick Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen to become the WEC Bantamweight Champion. After the merger of the UFC and WEC, UFC recognized Cruz at the UFC Bantamweight Champion, because the promotion did not have a Bantamweight class at that time.
His first ever match at the UFC was a defense of his Bantamweight title, which he won by a decision and after the match was over, Dominick Cruz was awarded his blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Lloyd Irvin Jr. of the 20 matches that he has competed in so far, Cruz has won 19 matches, losing only once in his very first competitive match and at 26 years of age, he has plenty of years to cement his place as one of the greatest fighters of all time.