• Dominick Cruz scheduled to return at UFC 178

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter21 hrs ago

    For the first time in nearly three years, former bantamweight world champion Dominick Cruz is set to return September 27 at UFC 178 against Takeya Mizugaki. "The Dominator" confirmed the news in a recent ESPN interview.

    "I'm excited to finally be back," Cruz said.

    "It's been a long time coming, but I feel great and I'm already training hard. Mizugaki is tough and he's been on a roll, but I'm ready to get back in there and prove that I'm the best bantamweight in the world."

    Mizugaki has won five straight bouts. Cruz has won ten straight bouts but has not fought since October, 2011, when he successfully defended his bantamweight belt against Demetrious Johnson.

    Cruz was initially sidelined with a torn ACL. He would go on to need a second ACL surgery, delaying his recovery.

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  • Former UFC champ Jens Pulver announces his retirement at 38

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago

    Jens Pulver, one of the stars of the early days of the UFC, announced his retirement on Saturday after a long career that began in 1999. Pulver hadn't fought since losing a Nov. 23, 2013, bout in Sweden to Sami Amzi, but he made his retirement official Saturday at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during an interview with Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat.

    Pulver, 38, had an incredibly sad life story. His father, Jens Sr., sexually abused him and once stuck a gun down his throat, only to not pull the trigger and tell his son that he wasn't worth the bullets it would take to kill him. He was the subject of several books and a documentary film about his life called, "Jens Pulver: Driven."

    Nicknamed "Lil Evil," Pulver managed to succeed in mixed martial arts and connected with fans in a way that, despite many losses in the second half of his career, kept him among the most popular in the game.

    But he told Bryant that he finally realized he'd had enough.

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