The next challenger to UFC bantamweight titlist TJ Dillashaw has been announced, and he’s a familiar face to Dillashaw’s camp Team Alpha Male.
Dominick Cruz, who once defended the UFC bantamweight title against Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber, will face Dillashaw for the title on January 17 at a UFC Fight Night event in Boston.
The announcement was made by UFC President Dana White on UFC Tonight last night.
The fight will represent yet another comeback fight for Cruz, a former UFC bantamweight titlist in his own right who has, sadly, fought only once since 2011 due to injuries. The Arizona native, who fights out of California, won won titles at featherweight and bantamweight in the WEC prior to his UFC debut.
Cruz, who is 20-1 in his MMA career, later won the UFC bantamweight title with a victory in WEC’s final event. He defended the belt twice before being forced to forfeit the title due to injuries.
Cruz also coached opposite Dillashaw’s teammate at Team Alpha Male in a 2011 season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Dillashaw is 12-2 in his MMA career. He defended his title for a second time in his most recent Octagon appearance back in July — scoring a TKO win over former titlist Renan Barao.
The UFC Fight Night event which will be headlined by Dillashaw vs. Cruz is said to be televised on Fox Sports 1.