Dominick Cruz is also considered one of the greatest  "what-ifs" in UFC history, as injuries have prevented him from reaching his full potential.

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 In a period of nearly 10 years from 2011 to 2020, Cruz has only participated in combat 4 times. In total, Cruz has only had  seven fights since 2011. 

Despite being inactive and defending only  three times, Cruz still holds the record for most  bantamweight champion. 

He  spent more than four years, combined across two dynasties, as champion. This inactivity resulted in him being overlooked by fighting fans, many of whom missed his prime. 

Dominick Cruz has been more active lately as he wants to get back into headline picture. He's currently #8 bantamweight & will face #5 bantamweight Marlon Vera at UFC on ESPN 41. 

On media day, Cruz, who also works as an analyst, was asked if he had called one of Vera's men who hadn't fought before and said: 

 "That's right, I, against my will, I really don't  like calling people in my department combat because obviously they can be a little upset with what I'm saying

And the producer likes put me in there. He likes to put me  in  positions that I think will resonate while I'm there, but I asked not to  be there if I could help him sometime. "

 While Cruz may not like to call matches in his weight class, it allows him  to spot potential competitors and their tendencies.

It will be interesting to see how Dominick Cruz  uses this to his advantage against Vera. 

  Can Dominick Cruz go back to the title image? 

 Dominick Cruz thinks his match against Marlon Vera will look like a title fight due to its five-round nature.

  Can Dominick Cruz go back to the title image? 

As for Vera, he thinks the title picture will be determined by popularity, not by who is most deserving. 

Cruz has  echoed similar views before, saying the winner deserves the title, but  will be driven by financial returns.

With such a messy title picture, Chael Sonnen recently suggested that winners Cruz & Vera should position themselves as a reserve fighter between Aljamain Sterling & T.J. Dilshaw.

 It won't be the worst strategy. The bantamweight match between Petr Yan and Sean O'Malley, as well as Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili will appear in the header image.

Both of these matches come after Cruz and Vera, so chances are, there will be another fight for the winner before they take the title.