Former two-time undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz was forced to rally from an early first round knockdown against Brazilian division counterpart, Pedro Munhoz on the preliminary card of UFC 269 — before securing a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) victory.

The former undisputed bantamweight kingpin locks up his second straight victory for the first time in five years courtesy of his victory over American Top Team trainee, Munhoz tonight, however, it did not come entirely plane sailing.

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Utilizing his slick footwork and head movement to evade Munhoz, Cruz planted himself onto a winging left hook of Munhoz, resulting in an almost face-plant knockdown, before grabbing his witts and surviving.

Beyond the early round scare and subsequent follow up strikes, veteran California native, Cruz turned in a truly vintage performance with his striking arsenal to land his second decision success of the year following a March judging win over Casey Kenney.

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Catch the highlights from Dominick Cruz’s impressive unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz, below.

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