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Cruz offsets Johnson to defend title

Updated: October 3, 2011, 3:03 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- Dominick Cruz successfully defended his UFC bantamweight crown Saturday with a unanimous decision over Demetrious Johnson.

The judges scored the fight 50-45, 49-46 and 50-45. ESPN.com had Cruz winning 50-45.

It was the fourth title defense for Cruz, the most by any 135-pound fighter under the Zuffa banner.

"It was a tough fight; the kid set a tough pace," Cruz said. "He didn't surprise me. I knew I had to use my strength to slow him down."

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