Cruz will not be asking for immediate title shot
"I never chose my fights in any part of my career, and even when I was going for the title fights (at UFC 169), that was because I was a titleholder," Cruz said. "I felt that, being a titleholder, why would I ever, ever take a step back and not fight for the title? Even if, let's say I was to go in there and just get mopped up (against Barao), that was the place that I was in. That was where I deserved to be, that title shot. I don't believe I would've gotten mopped up and I believe, still, in my heart, that I'm the best 135-pounder in the world when I can get back to full health. But I've never chosen my fights, and I'm not going to start now.
"Whatever they give me, I'm going to do. Things are going to fall into place. I'll be right back in the position as long as I deserve it, and I'll work my way through however I need to. I'm not stressing about it because my first love is fighting, and if I need to fight, I don't care who I gotta fight. I just can't wait to get back in there, to be honest."
Tim Kennedy considering a move to 170
UFC middleweight competitor Tim Kennedy joined the Joe Rogan Experience on Wednesday afternoon, where he discussed a variety of topics including where he stands in the 185lb division, and whether he may potentially move to welterweight.
Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich joins UFC 175 lineup
A middleweight bout between Guilherme Vasconcelos (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Luke Zachrich (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s UFC 175 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 175 takes place July 5 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Vasconcelos vs. Zachrich will likely be part of the prelims.
Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira slated for UFC on FOX 12
Fresh off a victorious return to the UFC and an upset of Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will meet fellow light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 12.
UFC officials today announced the bout, which is the first for the card, following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Although it won’t be the main event, Johnson vs. Nogueira is slated for the main card.
Fabio Maldonado replaces Junior dos Santos, faces Stipe Miocic at TUF Brazil 3 Finale
Light heavyweight slugger Fabio Maldonado (21-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will move up to the heavyweight division to face Stipe Miocic (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the headlining bout of this month’s TUF Brazil 3 Finale.
Brazilian outlet Combate first reported the change, and MMAjunkie has since confirmed the move with multiple sources close to the event.
Maldonado steps in for an injured Junior dos Santos, who was forced to withdraw from the card after fracturing his hand in training...