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Dominick Cruz on fighting TJ Dillashaw: I’m out 4 years, and I’m still going to beat you

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has been fully cleared to start training and will be fighting current Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81.

Cruz, who has been out since September 2014 with a torn ACL, was on top of the division until 2011, where he suffered his first torn ACl. Now, it’s time to regain his status in the division.

“This knee was much easier to fix than the first one. I looked great after double ACL surgery coming back, and I know for a fact that I will do it again against TJ,” Cruz said.

“It’s pretty basic. The division, while we do have a lot of guys moving around, what’s really changed? The champion right now, has lost to two different people in the same division. One of them, finished him and was at 125, and that’s John Dodson.”

“That’s the champion at 135 right now. Got knocked out by Dodson. He’s very very beatable, and that’s been proven. You haven’t proven a lot of ways to beat me since 2007, when I was 21 years old, working 40 hours a week while I was training.”

“The only thing these guys have to hold on to in beating me, is the fact that I’ve been out for 4 years,” he said. “That’s what’s going to be scary. I’m out 4 years, and I’m still going to beat you. So then what?”

The fight takes place on January 17th, which will air on Fox Sports 1.

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