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UFC Fight Night 81 live blog: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz

T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz collide in the UFC Fight Night 81 main event Sunday night.
T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz collide in the UFC Fight Night 81 main event Sunday night.
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This is the UFC Fight Night 81 live blog for T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz, a bantamweight bout at Sunday night's UFC event at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

Dillashaw, who has four wins in his past five fights, will face Cruz, who has won 11 straight fights, in the main event.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 81 live blog below.

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Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee. Both fighters are changing stances over and over. Dillashaw throws a kick, but Cruz catches it and nearly takes Dillashaw down. Cruz lands two rights at the end of a combo, but not too hard. Cruz leaps in and lands a left. He eats one of his own, but briefly takes Dillashaw to the ground. Dillashaw attempts a takedown, but can't get it. Both fighters trade rights and then Cruz sneaks in a left. Dillashaw grazes the former champ and misses before Cruz lands a short right again. Two more punches land for Cruz as he backs Dillashaw up. Cruz eats a right hand and body kick as Cruz moves off the fence. Cruz nearly takes Dillashaw down again, but lands a few punches as the champ rises back to his feet. Dillashaw attempts a takedown against the fence, but can't get it.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Cruz

Round 2: Dillashaw is pressuring, but so far both fighters are missing a lot. Cruz catches the champ trying to blitz coming in. Two good rights to the body from Cruz score and Dillashaw whiffs as he presses forward. Dillashaw throws the head kick, but he slips as it lands. Dillashaw attempts another double and is stone walled immediately. Dillashaw lands a right that keeps the former champ off balance. Another outside leg kick scores for Dillashaw as he moves forward. Dillashaw eats a good right and Dillashaw clips Cruz with a few more shots. Dillashaw is stuffed on a shot and eats a small one-two from Cruz. Dominick Cruz times not one but two takedowns that plant Dillashaw firmly on the mat. Dillashaw stands without taking too much punishment. Cruz eats a punch while delivering his own leg kick.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Cruz

Round 3: Dillashaw barrels forward and misses a bunch and Cruz lands ever so slightly. The two fighters exchange punches for kicks and Dillashaw lands a nice right hand. Good pair of jabs from Cruz finds the mark. Dillashaw grazes Cruz again with a head kick as he tries to exit the pocket. Good right hand by Dillashaw finds the mark and an uppercut. Two good leg kicks from Dillashaw land cleanly. Just like Cruz gets a takedown and Dillashaw squirms two way in two directions with Cruz still on top, but he does get to his feet. Dillashaw presses forward and eats a punch, but again lands a partial head kick on the exit. Good combo against the fence for Cruz pops Dillashaw's head back.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Cruz

Round 4: Dillashaw is back to stalking and scores a quick, partial right hand. Cruz backs Dillashaw with a series of soft punches. Two decent lefts find the mark for Cruz, but Dillashaw is still pressuring. Good leg kick from Dillashaw hurts, but Cruz scores another quick takedown. Dillashaw is back on his feet pretty quickly. The fighters trade right hands and Cruz scores with a jab. Dillashaw doing a much better job pressuring. Dillashaw attempts a takedown, but Cruz is squirming and gets back to his feet with Dillashaw still behind him. Cruz establishes the whizzer and separates. Good jab from Dillashaw lands, but Cruz responds. Cruz attempts a shot, but is stuffed and eats a knee for his efforts.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dillashaw

Round 5: Dillashaw is still pressuring and catches Cruz in the ribs. Now a right hand finds the mark and a head kick. Dillashaw scores to the body again with a body kick, but Cruz was able to land a few decent punches at the end of it. Good outside leg kick Dillashaw forces Cruz to switch stances. And another time Dillashaw lands. Decent left over the top lands for Cruz. Cruz plows forward, but misses a lot. Dillashaw tries to corner Cruz, but also misses on mostly everything. Three good punches for Cruz find the mark, but Dillashaw chops at Cruz's legs. Cruz attempts a double, but is stuffed. The crowd is on its feet and the two exchange punches at the close of the bell.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dillashaw and the fight 48-47 Cruz

Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw via split decision (48-47, 46-49, 49-46)

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