Over the summer, Fighting Fit Magazine asked me to go to San Diego to hang out with the UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, for last month’s cover story. The first attempt was a disaster. I drove from Huntington Beach and sat for three hours in traffic before getting to the gym, one of thousands in a daisy chain of idling cars and exhaust. The photographer arrived first and called with the news that Cruz and his coaches were all MIA, up in Los Angeles, fucking around with things I’d like to assume were less important than our meeting. For another week and after hours upon hours in the car, I tried to hold a grudge. But then I met them. Cruz and his coach, Eric DelFierro, are supremely easy-going, dedicated guys who were generous with their time. The result of our time together is below.