Dominick Cruz could be returning to the Octagon in a few months.
| Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Cruz’s extended hiatus could finally be reaching its end.
Eric Del Fierro, Cruz’s manager and trainer, informed UFC Tonight
that the former 135-pound king could be ready to return to action
by late August or early September. While nothing is set in stone at
this point, it was reported that Cruz is interested in facing
surging bantamweight contender Takeya
Mizugaki in what would be his first fight in nearly three
“The Dominator” was scheduled to face Renan Barao
in a title unification bout at UFC 169 in February, but a groin
tear forced him to pull out of the matchup and vacate his
Cruz last stepped into the Octagon on Oct. 1, 2011, when he
captured a five-round verdict over Demetrious
Johnson at UFC on Fox 6. Before the groin tear, a torn ACL, two
separate surgeries and a long rehabilitation process would keep the
Alliance MMA product on the shelf for more than two years.
Cruz is unbeaten in his last nine UFC and WEC appearances, earning
notable victories over Ian McCall,
Benavidez (twice), Urijah
Jorgensen and Brian
Bowles during that time.