Omar de la Cruz
|Omar de la Cruz|
|Born||Jesús Omar De La Cruz
November 5, 1979
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Other names||El Diablo|
|Residence||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Team||Fight Training Academy|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
4th degree black belt in Taekwondo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jesús Omar de la Cruz, or simply Omar de la Cruz, (born November 5, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican professional mixed martial artist. Cruz is most known for his stint in Bellator Fighting Championships, fighting in its welterweight division.
Mixed martial arts
Omar is a fourth degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and has been practicing the Korean martial art for 16 years, competing mostly in full-contact competitions. In 2001 he was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, rising steadily to the rank of Brown Belt under Dominican 1st degree black belt Abraham Tabar.
Cruz currently trains at his own gym, Fight Training Academy in his hometown of Santo Domingo, the only mixed martial arts gym in the country. Omar also acts as instructor in four other gyms. Omar had his first professional mixed martial arts bout on March 10, 2007, at the event Alianza Nacional Full Contact against Team ROC's Seth Horn, winning the fight via submission.
On August 29, 2009, Omar de la Cruz was promoted to brown belt under his instructor, Abraham Tabar.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Omar was signed by Bellator Fighting Championships and is competing in their welterweight division. Cruz is participating in the tournament that began on April 10, 2009. Omar's first opponent was the previously undefeated Victor Meza, who was coming in on a nine-fight undefeated winning streak. Cruz won via unanimous decision after dominating in all three rounds.
Cruz's second fight for Bellator would be against former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne, the fighter with the most extensive background Cruz would face to the date. The fight was a semi-final bout in the tournament and took place at Bellator 7. Omar traveled to California to train with personal friend, Brandon Vera in preparation for the match. The bout began with Menne rushing in on Cruz, clinching and eventually landing on top after a takedown. Omar worked to his guard, effectively defending punches coming from the top. Managing to get to his feet some moments later, Omar landed a straight on Menne's chin sending him to the canvas. Menne worked butterfly guard, eventually prompting de la Cruz to get up, then surprised him with vicious dropping fists from the top, causing serious damage. Impressively, Menne managed to get up and continue, only to receive kicks and punches resulting in a technical knockout in the first round.
In the Bellator welterweight finals, which took place at Bellator 11, Omar fought Lyman Good. Cruz was defeated by Good via TKO early in the first round, losing his bid for Bellator's welterweight title.
At Sengoku 13, Omar entered the Welterweight Grand Prix, after suffering from food poisoning and fever since arriving to Japan his team decided not to cancel the fight and after struggling to make weight and not being able to recover from the weight cut he lost to Keita Nakamura via TKO in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||6 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||6–3||Keita Nakamura||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13||June 20, 2010||2||3:53||Tokyo, Japan||Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||6–2||Prince McLean||TKO (punches)||C3 Fights: Knockout-Rockout Weekend 2||April 17, 2010||2||1:30||Clinton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Lyman Good||TKO (punches)||Bellator 11||June 12, 2009||1||1:23||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||5–1||Dave Menne||TKO (punches)||Bellator 7||May 15, 2009||1||3:19||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||4–1||Victor Meza||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 2||April 10, 2009||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||3–1||Jason Potter||Submission (armbar)||Alianza National Full Contact 2||August 8, 2008||1||1:16||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Win||2–1||Aaron Barrios||Decision (unanimous)||Total Combat 27||March 22, 2008||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Marcelo Brito||Decision (split)||MMAC: The Revolution||May 12, 2007||3||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Win||1–0||Seth Horn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Alianza National Full Contact 1||March 10, 2007||2||4:38||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
- [dead link]
- Criollo se abre paso en artes marciales mixtas. DiarioLibre.com (2009-04-18). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
- "Bellator Fightighting Championship: Omar De La Cruz vs. Lyman Good". www.bellator.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14.