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UFC 178 results: Dominick Cruz returns from long absence, finishes Takeya Mizugaki

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

LAS VEGAS - For someone who spent so much time out of the Octagon, Dominick Cruz sure didn't seem to want to spend much time in the cage on Saturday night.

The former UFC bantamweight champion, who never lost the title in the cage, was out action three days shy of three years before meeting Takeya Mizugaki on Saturday night at UFC 178.

The former champ showed championship form, needing just 1:01 to finish Mizaugaki at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

‘I'm still trying to take it in," Cruz (20-1) said. "The fans, you're making it great, thanks for the love."

Cruz showed off his classic footwork and head movement in the opening seconds of the fight before dropping Mizugaki (20-8-2) to the mat. From there, he wasted little time opening up on Mizugaki, who had entered the fight on a five-fight win streak. Mizugaki absorbed several uncontested shots to the head before referee Chris Tognoni waved it off.

"I don't remember any of that, I as blacked out in there," said Cruz. "It looks a lot nice watching that than watching my knee get busted up."

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The San Diego-based Cruz had to vacate the title earlier this year after two years of injury-related delays. Cruz, who has never lost at bantamweight, made it clear he wants a shot at current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, as he took a shot at the champ's gym, Team Alpha Male.

"I want to get back in there and take out some more Alpha Fails," Cruz said.