Cruz scores 1st win since 2016 at UFC 259
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Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is back in the win column for the first time since 2016.

Cruz defeated Casey Kenney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) in the featured preliminary bout of UFC 259 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Cruz ended a two-fight skid with the victory and earned his first win since beating Urijah Faber in a 135-pound title defense in June 2016.

"The Dominator" stayed more active in the stand-up department, and he used his unorthodox movement and footwork to avoid Kenney's biggest shots. Kenney made the fight competitive and landed his fair share of strikes, but Cruz had a higher pace throughout the contest.

The 35-year-old landed two takedowns in the third round to secure the decision victory.

Cruz entered the bout coming off back-to-back losses to Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo, which was the first losing streak of his professional career.

Kenney, 29, saw his three-fight winning streak come to an end.

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