Huge UFC title fight coming to Boston

T.J. Dillashaw will defend his bantamweight belt against Dominick Cruz at the TD Garden in 2016.

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Dana White sure knows how to spoil MMA fans in Boston.

After bringing the Conor McGregor show to town earlier this year, the UFC president and former Bostonian announced on Wednesday that he’s coming back to his old hometown with a huge title fight in 2016.

Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will square off against former champion Dominick Cruz at the TD Garden on January 17.

“If you really look at Dominick Cruz, he never really lost the title,’’ White said on Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight. “The superfight for T.J. right now is Cruz. Cruz has never been beat [in a title fight], and really is still the champion. He got stripped of the title because he can’t stay healthy.’’


While Cruz has yet to lose a fight inside the Octagon, he was stripped of his belt when a groin injury forced him out of a title unification bout against then interim champ Renan Barao in 2014. Barao became the undisputed title holder, but eventually lost the belt to Dillashaw in a shocking upset later that year.

Cruz finally made his long-awaited return in September of 2014, brutally knocking out Takeya Mizugaki in just over a minute at UFC 178.

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Unfortunately for the bantamweight bruiser, the injury bug would strike again just a few months later, and the former champ has been out of action ever since.


He was also sidelined for both the 2012 and 2013 campaigns thanks to back-to-back knee injuries and hasn’t fought in a championship bout since defeating Demetrious Johnson in 2011.

Meanwhile, Dillashaw has become a breakout star in the UFC’s 135 lb. division.

Following his surprising technical knockout win over Barao at UFC 173, the champ has easily defended his belt in his last two fights.

His latest bout was a highly-anticipated rematch with Barao in July, where he once again won in stunning fashion by finishing the Brazilian in the fourth round.

Hopefully Cruz can stay healthy because Boston will definitely be in for some fireworks when these heavy-hitters finally throw down.


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