Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz will return on March 6th against Casey Kenney. News of the fight’s booking was first reported by Mike Bohn and Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie.
The fight joins a card that does not have a location reported for it at the moment.
Cruz’s fight in March will be his first non-championship bout since 2014.
Cruz made his return from injury in May, facing Henry Cejudo in a UFC Bantamweight Championship fight. The fight saw Cruz get stopped late in the second round with punches.
Cruz lost the belt in his previous fight, dropping a decision to Cody Garbrandt in 2016. Cruz earned the belt earlier in the year, defeating TJ Dillashaw. He defended the belt once, winning over Urijah Faber.
Kenney gets the chance to beat a former champion, and he heads into the fight with the momentum in his favour. Kenney has had a busy 2020 where he has built a three-fight win streak. Competing twice in October, Kenney took decision wins against Alatengheili and Nathaniel Wood.
Kenney, a former LFA Bantamweight Champion, has a UFC record of five wins and one loss.
The bantamweight fight between Cruz and Kenney joins a card that does not have a main event set. Here’s the lineup.
Bout 5: Thiago Santos (21-8) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (13-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Randy Costa (6-1) vs. Trevin Jones (12-6) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Uros Medic (6-0) vs. Aalon Cruz (8-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Joseph Benavidez (28-7) vs. Askar Askarov (13-0-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Dominick Cruz (22-3) vs. Casey Kenney (16-2-1) (Bantamweight)