Cruz: “The fight itself is literally the easy part…That’s why I come out smiling.”

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“It’s a big challenge for me. I’m up for it and I’m excited for it, but after feeling my body in that five-round camp, realized I need to take my time in this camp because that’s the hard part. The fight itself is literally the easy part. That’s the fun part for me. That’s why I come out smiling. I’m loving life on that night of fighting.”

And maybe he will prove he’s better than Mizugaki and deserves a shot at the winner of the rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Barao. But how will he look? Will his style have changed? Does he breeze past Mizugaki or squeak? In Cruz’s mind, he’s picking back up right where he left off.

“I believe I’m me right now,” he contended. “I have no question in my mind. I believe I am who I always was. You’re going to see it, September 27th. I’m going to be me. Just who you’ve always seen.”

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