UFC 178 was hailed as a modern classic here yesterday — with its main card harkening back to UFC events of the early 2000’s. Seemingly every bout last night pitted top mixed martial artists against one another — in bouts with real and immediate relevance to each division.
In fact, the first bout of the main card saw Cat Zingano secure a title shot against UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey in January.
But as it turns out, that quality didn’t stop with the main card. One of the fighters from the event’s preliminary bouts has earned a title shot for his next UFC appearance as well.
In the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that Dominick Cruz, who made a triumphant return to MMA last night with a knockout victory over Takeya Mizugaki on the UFC 175 prelims, will next fight TJ Dillashaw for Dillashaw’s UFC bantamweight title.
Cruz also netted “Finish of the Night” honors for his win, receiving an extra $50,000.
Cruz’s quick and explosive victory against Mizugaki represented his return to the sport following a three year layoff due to injury. Cruz had won the UFC bantamweight title back in 2010, and last defended it against now-flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in 2011. Injuries to the knee and groin area would force him out of action, and he would eventually be stripped of the bantamweight title due to inactivity.
TJ Dillashaw earned the bantamweight strap this year with a victory over pound-for-pound entrant Renan Barão.
No date for the bout has been announced.