Dominick Cruz holding the Bantamweight Title aloft to the fans, after his against-all-odds victory over TJ DillashawCould you blame the man for the air of vindication that he exudes? So often we talk about being a sportive loser or a graceful winner, but even the most politically correct person would forgive Dominick Cruz if he stood atop a mountain and screamed, “I told you so!”After only competing for 61 seconds in 4 years, otherwise frequented by injuries that other athletes may consider career-ending, Dominick Cruz’s tale of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve the unthinkable wrapped up the day’s proceedings on an inspirational vein.While the remainder of the main card wasn’t an eye-popping spectacle by any stretch of an imagination, except perhaps for Matt Mitrione, UFC Fight Night Boston did boast its fair share of crests and troughs to keep fight fans sufficiently entertained throughout.As is becoming the habit with UFC events off late, this one did not have any dearth of talking points upon completion as we take a look at the 5 biggest takeaways from a show that has – by the end of it – left us pinching ourselves a little in an attempt to affirm reality.
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Between unsettling allegations of domestic abuse, dating public enemy number one (yes, Ronda Rousey) and getting knocked out in a volcanic eruption of a fight against Andre Arlovski, Travis Browne understandably headed into his first test of 2016 with a chip on his shoulder.
And although he stopped a battered Matt Mitrione to further his upward run in the Heavyweight division, the two inadvertent eye pokes in the lead up to the finish certainly did Browne no favours with the somewhat caustic reception that he has been subjected to of late.
As for Matt Mitrione, a loss that has left him with a separate shoulder, broken orbital bone and a grotesque hematoma to boot, may spell the unceremonious end of his UFC career.
With his contract attaining completion after this fight, and the ex-NFL star getting no younger at 37, perhaps now could be an opportune moment to explore free agency and test the MMA waters outside of the company as well.