Dominick Cruz is a play-by-play analyst for FOX and FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHTS, as well as UFC Pay-Per-View broadcasts. He has also served as a FOX Sports UFC studio analyst for UFC WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS.
Born Dominick Rojelio Cruz, on March 9, 1985, he is a Mexican American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and holds a professional record of 22 wins and 2 losses. He was the final World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight Champion before the promotion merged into the UFC, and was the first UFC Bantamweight Champion in UFC history.
In addition to his accomplishments in the cage, Dominick has also made a great name for himself as fight analyst and color commentator for the UFC and FOX Sports. He quickly became a fan- and media-favorite, while enlightening viewers with his intelligent fight analytics. For his work, he was named MMA Analyst of the Year by Fighters Only Magazine in 2016 and 2017.
Born in San Diego, California and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Dominick found his love for competing at the age of 11 when he was encouraged to the join his junior high school wrestling team. He wrestled throughout high school at Flowing Wells High School, and was introduced to mixed martial arts in 2004. Dominick made his professional MMA debut in January of 2005. He ran through all his opponents fighting in local promotions building a record of 9-0 before joining the WEC in 2007. Dominick defended his bantamweight titles a total of four times, twice with the WEC and two times with the UFC. Unfortunately, due to multiple injuries, which kept Dominick out of the cage, he was stripped of his UFC bantamweight champion title in 2014.
Dominick is coached by Eric Del Fierro, head coach of one of the top fight teams in mixed martial arts, Alliance Fight Team in San Diego, California. Dominick trains along side world-class athletes such as Phil Davis, Jeremy Stephens, Angela Hill, Wilson Reis and Cat Zingano to name a few.
Known for his unorthodox fighting style and phenomenal footwork, Dominick made a full recovery from three ACL injuries and one torn hamstring injury and reclaimed the UFC Bantamweight title on January 17th, 2016 and once again defended his title on June 4th, 2016. Cruz lost the bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt at the end of that same year. He is currently ranked the number-two bantamweight in the world and has his eye in reclaiming the bantamweight title again.