Dominick Cruz: "I can beat McGregor"

The bantamweight champion was speaking after UFC 204

BY Simon Maguire 19:30 Sunday 9 October 2016, 19:30 9 Oct 2016

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UFC bantamweight champion Dominik Cruz has thrown his name in the hat for a possible showdown with Conor McGregor sometime in the future.

Speaking on the UFC 204's post fight show on Fox Sports he said: “Look, everybody’s calling out McGregor, so I don’t want to be another guy because everybody wants that fight. But the thing is, McGregor is picking his own fights. So that’s not up to me, that’s not up to the UFC, that’s up to McGregor.”

“Now, I know as much as McGregor, and more about this sport than anybody, and it seems the only way to beat McGregor is with your mind. I know I can do that. I know I also can technically beat him.”

“I know at 145 pounds I’m extremely fast and hard to deal with. I can beat McGregor, absolutely, and I would love to fight him at 145 pounds or 155 pounds if he wins the title. I don’t care, I’m the champion and my style is built for moving up in weight, because I don’t take damage.”

Cruz recently won his rubber match with arch-rival Urijah Faber in June and is not scheduled for a fight as of yet. McGregor isn't Cruz's only option for a super fight. Flyweight champion Demetriuos "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has also talked of redeeming his loss to the bantamweight title-holder back in 2011. 

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