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Dominick Cruz energy and momentum feeding Chandler

The MGM Grand Garden was the scene of one of the most momentous sporting comebacks in history as former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returned to action at UFC 178 and steamrolled past Takeya Mizugaki.

And the Mexican fighter’s teammate at Alliance MMA, Michael Chandler was making the most noise about the long awaited comeback of his friend as he witnessed the unfolding of events from home.

Chandler said that he was heading up to the residence of his strength and conditioning coach. Chandler witnessed exactly how the former champion, who never actually lost his title belt inside the cage at the UFC return with a point to prove, purging the pain of sitting out of the cage for almost three years and venting the pent up frustration.

According to Chandler, the manner in which Dominick Cruz began to rain punches down on Takeya brought him to tears, as he jumped up and down the room, screaming with joy and excitement. He said that there is no other person he knows who loves Mixed Martial Arts as much as Cruz and has so much knowledge of it and to see him comeback was amazing.

He went on to add that it was not just a comeback, it was an exhilarating experience. Chandler himself will return to action shortly and he hopes to feed off the momentum that he got from watching his teammate in action and he hopes he can do his bit in recreating the comeback of Cruz to a degree.

Chandler has gone two matches without, both decisions rather contentious to say the least but the return of Dominick Cruz has filled him with hope and the Bellator Light Heavyweight hopes to make a similar splash on his comeback to the cage as well.

Jon Jones’ greatness conundrum

Perhaps the biggest question that is on the minds of everyone – the fans, the officials and everyone else connected to the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC is exactly how close the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones is to overtaking the legacy of former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

There have been a lot of answers and counter questions raised regarding this matter but one of the Jones’ prime competitors believes he has the answer to the question on everyone’s minds.

Daniel Cormier, the former Strike Force Heavyweight champion and the newest contender in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division after dropping down to 205 lbs category believes Jones needs three wins against him, Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson  to attain the same level of greatness.

Cormier stated that if he manages to do that and considering what Jones has done against some of the biggest names in the industry in the past, he will surely be the greatest of all time. The UFC Light Heavyweight champion will put his belt on the line against Teixeira on the 26th of April for the seventh time in his career at UFC 172.

Cormier stated that he is going to have to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in the next three matches with three of them ready to do whatever necessary to dethrone him but they all know it is not as easy as it sounds.

Jones, on the other hand, doesn’t agree fully. He mentioned on Twitter that he expected Rashad Evans to defeat Cormier to set up a rematch of their UFC 145 encounter but he also added that he is not thinking about it at the moment and is fighting against time to get fit in time for the main event of UFC 172.

White calls Barao the champion

It’s been exactly two years since the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight Championship’s lineal belt holder Dominick Cruz last stepped inside the UFC Octagon. In his last outing, he defeated Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision to secure his fourth straight defense of the belt under Zuffa Llc.

He underwent surgery to repair a broken finger in January 2012 and once recovered, he went straight into his duties as a mentor at The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He was scheduled to take on arch nemesis Urijah Faber and complete his trilogy of fights against him at UFC 148 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. But that wasn’t meant to be as The Dominator busted his knee that saw him sidelined from action for a considerable period before undergoing surgery. Read more »