By Dave Meltzer & Josh Nason, WrestlingObserver.com
On UFC Tonight Wednesday, UFC president Dana White announced that bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw would defend the title against former champion Dominick Cruz on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Boston’s TD Garden.
The show will be on Fox Sports 1, and will be the second ever title fight in that network’s history as the UFC strawweight title was decided back in December 2014 following the TUF season.
The 29-year-old Dillashaw (12-2) will be looking for the third successful defense of the title that Cruz officially never lost. After being ravaged with injuries for three years due to a torn ACL and groin, the 30-year-old Cruz (20-1) was stripped of the title after several comeback attempts were postponed. He returned in September 2014 and steamrolled Takeya Mizugaki in 61 seconds at UFC 178, but found himself on the injured list yet again with a torn ACL in his other knee.
Similar to the January 2015 FS1 show featuring Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver, the event will be on a Sunday following an NFL playoff game. However, the show will be on the same day as the AFC and NFC divisional playoffs and not the AFC Championship game as last time.
The McGregor/Siver fight set an FS1 ratings record, and this show will be heavily promoted on FOX during their football telecasts.