Why Cruz-Dillashaw Rematch Shouldn't Happen

By richardtylee

Sunday saw the greatest career comeback in MMA history.  The original UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, recaptured his title over T.J. Dillashaw.  Cruz had only fought one minute and one second in the UFC Octagon in the last four years because of three knee surgeries (all torn ACLs) and a torn groin.  He also came into the fight with an undisclosed foot injury.

Cruz won a close and very technical match by split decision.  Many analysts had Dillashaw winning the fight.  Several commentators have already called for an immediate rematch.  While the last match was fun and had decent buildup, there isn't an need for Cruz and Dillashaw to rematch right away.

Championship rematches have been overdone the last few years.  This was especially true in the lightweight division, which saw several rematches in the Frankie Edgar era (with rematches versus B.J. Penn, Gray Maynard and Benson Henderson).  This ended up cluttering up the title picture, with several contenders unable to get their shots at the title.

The bantamweight division has several contenders awaiting title shots.  Urijah Faber is the biggest name.  Cruz was set to fight Faber at UFC 149 before he was plagued by injury.  Faber and Cruz have had a war of words that date back to their fight in the WEC featherweight division.  For headlining purposes, the UFC may opt give Faber another title shot.  Aljamain Sterling is another interesting prospect in 135 lb division.  Now a free agent, Sterling may demand a title shot in order to stay with the UFC.  Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has also been mentioned as a possible contender.  Johnson lost to Cruz in 2011 for the bantamweight title.  After cleaning out the 125 lb division, a clash of champions (I really don't want to call it a "superfight") with Cruz could be Mighty Mouse's next challenge. Some other names that come to mind are long-time veteran Raphael Assuncao and undefeated prospect Thomas Almeida.

Besides the endless list of other potential matchups, a Cruz-Dillashaw rematch will probably not end in finish.  Both fighters' styles, which emphasizes elusiveness and movement, aren't conducive to knockouts or submissions.  Cruz, in particular, has been criticized for not being able to finish his opponent despite his dominant run in the WEC-UFC bantamweight division.  The likely outcome is another close decision, which won't satisfy anyone.