The interview was surprisingly cordial but also very tense. Both fighters made it no secret that they intend to damage the other and take home the victory, as they both aspire to win the UFC bantamweight title. It was a great chat and a way to get hyped for this key, top contender bout.
Cruz (24-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) enters the cage for the first time in 2022. His last outing was in December at UFC 269 where he defeated Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision. The win marked Cruz’s second consecutive victory of the calendar year, having defeated Casey Kenny by split decision last March.