MENU
#Conor McGregor #Cris Cyborg #UFC 211 #Bellator 179 #Angela Magana #Nate Diaz #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #UFC 202 #Jon Jones


UFC bantamweight champion Dominick CruzIt has been nearly two years since UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz last fought, and everyone wants to know when he will be back in action.

Unfortunately, Cruz has the same question as everyone else, as he has yet to be cleared by doctors to even begin full-on training.

Cruz, following a coaching stint opposite Urijah Faber on The Ultimate Fighter Live, was supposed to have defended his belt against his longtime rival last summer, but had to pull out of the fight due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during training.

He had surgery in May of 2012, repairing the knee with the ligament from a cadaver, which theoretically should have sped up his rehabilitation time.

Cruz’s body, however, rejected the foreign tissue, so he had to go back under the knife in late 2012 for a second ACL surgery. He’s been steadily working his way back, but doctor’s have kept him on the slow track to be sure he doesn’t suffer anymore setbacks.

If all goes as planned, Cruz could be back in the cage in early 2014.

“I’m looking to be back early next year,” the champ said in an interview with InsideMMA. “I can’t give an exact date because, the truth is, I haven’t even been cleared by a doctor.

“First three, four, five months (of 2014). I hate to say that because it’s so much time, but I have to be real with myself. I’ve already had double-ACL surgery. This isn’t a game.”

Renan Barão won the interim title during Cruz’s absence. And having been sidelined for so long, nearly everyone’s patience has been tested, Cruz’s as much as anyone’s. There has been an abundance of chatter about stripping Cruz of the belt.

That hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen, as long as Cruz continues on his current path to recovery.

“Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) sit and tell me, ‘No, we’re not taking anything from you.’ They’ve had my back in this situation,” said Cruz.

“They’ve been very, very supportive, and I’m very appreciative to the UFC for the rest of my life for the way they’ve taken care of me. They could have handled this several different ways. They’ve been very supportive.”

When Cruz returns, he wants to fight the interim champion and immediately unify the belts. It’s a fight that makes sense, and a fight that he, as champion, has every right to expect.

Barão has his next bout already lined up against Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 on Sept. 21 in Toronto, but it’s clear that Cruz is pulling for him. He wants Barão to be the man he first faces when he gets back in the Octagon.

“Renan Barão has beaten a lot of the same guys (as I have). This is a fight that I can come back and fight Renan,” Cruz declared. “That’s who I want right off the bat. If nothing else, I deserve to come back and get that title shot. It’s something that I think I’ve earned the right to.

“The truth is, I deserve that fight, and I’m gonna get it,” he continued. “I’m fighting time, and when I get back, I’ll be fighting Barão.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Art of Fighting in the UFC Has Changed. Here's How.

  • 25 days ago
  • 30 views

Since July 2014, I've written 110 previews of UFC events. In that time, I've seen every single fight the promotion has put on and thousands more besides in order to do the necessary film study to wri read news >>

Dominick Cruz: ‘I’d Like to Come Back and Fight for the Title’ | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 20 views

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz wants to fight the winner of Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, and believes that he's earned the right to do so. read news >>

UFC rep calls women's 'TUF' flyweight an 'idea' that 'just got out too early'

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinks the promotion will cast female flyweights for the 26th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” At least, she hopesFiled under: News, UFC read news >>

Dominick Cruz Blames Team Alpha Male Feud with TJ Dillashaw on Urijah Faber | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 77 views

When TJ Dillashaw, the UFC bantamweight champ at the time, left Team Alpha Male to train with former head coach Duane Ludwig in 2015, it sparked off a rivalry. read news >>

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 Extended Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 30 views

In 2014, Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in an epic five-round battle that saw "Cigano" emerge with a razor-close victory. They rematch on May 13. read news >>

UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 Odds, Tickets, Predictions, Pre-Weigh-in Hype

  • 12 days ago
  • 5 views

Summer blockbuster season kicks off early for MMA fans, with UFC 211 on Saturday, May 13. Two belts will be on the line in the main and co-main events. A heavyweight rematch between Stipe Miocic and read news >>

UFC 211 early weigh-in results and live video stream (10 a.m. ET)

  • 11 days ago
  • 22 views

DALLAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC 211 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT). Join us for a live video stream and official res read news >>

UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 Early Weigh-in, Live at 10 a.m. ET on MMAWeekly.com | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 21 views

Watch the UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos LIVE early weigh-in at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. read news >>

UFC 211 official weigh-in video highlights and photo gallery

  • 11 days ago
  • 13 views

DALLAS – Check out the video highlights and a full photo gallery from today’s UFC 211 early and official weigh-ins.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Photo Gallery, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 211 results: Jason Knight thrashes Chas Skelly in third round for fourth straight win

  • 9 days ago
  • 10 views

DALLAS – Early on, Jason Knight made it clear he wouldn’t be one of Chas Skelly’s quick submission victims. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>