All Cruz Has to Do to Win His Title Back is Learn How to Punch

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  1. superpunch

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    He throws these weird whiffle-bat things. He's like a 95% rated fighter with a 0% on one the most important parts of fighting: punching.

    That means he can fix that up and massively improve as a fighter very quickly. He just needs a few weeks of punching training and he can jump to like a 99%. And win his belt back.
     
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    Nah Cody has his number
     
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    Just like Faber does.....Wait.
     
  4. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Disarming Posting

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    Cruz was young with 2 years in MMA at that point in his first big match and got caught in a quick choke, he's at or perhaps even past his peak now and just got outfought over 5 rounds.

    As far as punching goes lets remember Cruz's looping shots can be effective and have been for many elite fighters but I do think he has a bit of a hole in terms of solid boxing fundamentals, when he was forced to push forward his timing and defence really did not look nearly as good.
     
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    He should visit Glandale Fighting Club to work on that jab
     
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    His striking looked incredibly bad. It's been effective his entire career, but he seriously needs to work on boxing fundamentals. It worked against all of his other opponents, but he was exposed badly by Cody. I'm a big fan of Dom, but Cody made him look horrible.
     
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    I've BEEN saying this about his striking as well. But somehow it's worked. Mostly because he's fought a lot of fighters with lesser striking ability but it still amazed me how effective he was in stand-up. His strikes should be easy to see from a mile away but I guess that movement just throws opponents off. He does have a decent jab, but those looping punches from his hip have always looked awful to me. Glad to see someone finally figure it out.
     
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  8. HereToSlay

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    He also needs to develop power

    And better wrestling than Cody

    Will never happen
     
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    moreorless87 Disarming Posting

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    I actually think Cruz is probably closer to Chuck Liddell in style than anyone just with less power(even relative to size) and more focus on defence when backing up, both are clearly at their best on the back foot though and the looping punches DO work in MMA.

    I think its less the form of his punching and more than his timing and defence on the front foot aren't that great, you look at Fedor for example and he threw mostly looping punches or a big lunging jab yet he wasn't the same easier target Dom represented to Cody for much of the fight, Cruz looked more like latter day sloppier Fedor either planting his feet or forward forward with limited ability to slip shots.
     
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    Once Cruz was down on the cards and he couldn't just dance his way to a decision then all the holes in his game became apparent and magnified tenfold.
     
  11. muaytao

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    no he needs to let his opponent chase him he is a counter fighter.
     
  12. superpunch

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    He has power when he plants his feet. Look what he did to Mizugaki. He just throws punches like a tard
     
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    That's like his only tko in years lol. Besides its not even close to Cody's power
     
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    He's tip toeing and hopping around too much to generate decent power. It's "footwork" but it's really just wasted movement.
     
  15. Ham Socks

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    He had an off night. Maybe garbrandt simply has a style and skillset that trumps Dom. Kind of like shogun to machida.


    Dom will come back strong. He's a classy guy and had been around long enough to know what it takes to be the best.
     
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    Cruz was made to look like an amateur with infective and pointless footwork, looping worthless punches, awful kicks and awful grappling. The only thing he seemed to be good at was recovering from knockdowns
     
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    Cruz knows how to punch conventionally but doesn't on purpose. His whole style is based on unorthodox movements and surprise attacks from angles fighters don't usually train for. But Cody knew Cruz inside out since he has been studying Cruz for a long time. As much as people like to think Cruz is unpredictable he is not. Every style is limited and every fighter fights in a set pattern and rhythm. Hence we call it a style. If someone was truly unpredictable and had no pattern to their movements and attack, the word style would not apply. Hence everyone can be beat if you learn their pattern and time your attacks accordingly.
     
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  18. VAfan

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    a few weeks?????

    damn, if that's all it takes then i plan on being MW champ by spring time.
     
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    Cody and TJ are moving at a different speed than Dom at this point in his career

    Sure he squeezed by TJ by point fighting and taking advantage of TJ not fighting overly smart but it was clear TJ was the faster and more athletic guy in that fight. Even when TJ let himself get off balance and Dom shot in for takedowns TJ would immediately spring back to his feet Dom had no chance of holding him down
     
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    Hes been fighting for 12 years

    its too late for that

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