Self-proclaimed NINJA challenges UFC fighter to REAL fight…
Have you ever seen a real-life ninja? Probably not since they’re supposed to be masters of stealth. But this guy actually showed up and everyone could see him, too!
Before he became the UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz accepted a gym fight challenge from a self-proclaimed ‘real ninja’.
Compared to the standard of performance set by ninjas in MMA, this guy doesn’t do too bad. He lasts longer than UFC 2’s Scott Morris and doesn’t “pull mount” on his opponent.
Cruz took him down and pounded him in the first round, then caught him on the feet in the second. It was a beatdown. Surprised?
The video is from Triumph United and the Northern California Filmmakers Coalition.
Dominick Cruz is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist born in San Diego, CA, and raised in Tucson, AZ.
He fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. Cruz was also the final bantamweight titleholder of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). He is also an MMA analyst for Fox Sports.
A ninja was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included: espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare.
Their covert methods of waging irregular warfare were deemed “dishonorable” and “beneath” the samurai-caste, who observed strict rules about honor and combat.
Why this ninja thought those skills would translate to an MMA fight is anyone’s guess.
While there are several styles of modern ninjutsu, the historical lineage of these styles is disputed.
Some schools claim to be the only legitimate heir of the art, but ninjutsu is not centralized like modernized martial arts such as judo or karate.
Just like the ninja of old, we can’t control our environment, but we can control ourselves. Remember to keep breathing, smile and never lose your 360 degrees of awareness.