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Cruz: My game will ruin Barao

ESPN staff
February 17, 2013
UFC London 2013: Final Thoughts

Dominick Cruz dismissed the threat of Renan Barao after watching the Brazilian beat Michael McDonald in Saturday's main event at UFC London.

Barao chalked up his 30th straight win with a fourth-round submission, defending his interim bantamweight title in the process. Now he must wait to see if Cruz will be fit to offer his next challenge.

Current champion Cruz is recovering from a serious knee injury, but watched Barao's impressive performance with interest. In his opinion, Barao's gameplan will completely fail when the pair share an Octagon.

"Nothing really concerns me. I fight different than everyone else," Cruz told Fuel TV. "I'm not going to just stand in front of you, I'm not going to look to counter you - I'm going to mix things up.

"On top of that, you take away range with angles. That beats range everyday of the week. And I can wrestle - I'm going to wrestle this guy. I'm not just going to stand in front of him and strike all the time. I'm going to mix it up, keep him guessing.

"Feints ruin the entire game of Barao in my opinion. And you take away the range by taking away the jab. Those are all things I understand and I'm going to break this down in my head when I have to fight Barao. He's going to be confused when he gets in there and tries looking for me."

Cruz is expected to return in the summer, so the collision will happen later this year if he does not have an injury setback. Barao certainly hopes that scenario happens.

"I wish Dominick a quick recovery so that he can come and give a great fight to the public," the Brazilian told Fox Sports. "I will train very hard. I'm very much looking forward to this fight. I want to give a good show, and I'm going to beat him."

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