Dominick Cruz Video Rating: four / 5
Ross Pearson has given his guarantee that training partner and reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be fully fit and raring to go against Renan Barao if his recovery dictates that the interim champion of the division is his next rival.
The UFC Bantamweight champion has been missing in action since October 2011 after tearing his ACL and his delayed return prompted Dana White, the UFC president to contemplate stripping him of the title if he suffered another setback in his battle to get fit.
Such is the extent of his injury that many people have questioned Cruz’s long term future in the industry as well as his capability to take one someone of the caliber of the Brazilian who is currently the holder of the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship and is on a long run of wins as well.
But Pearson, who probably knows Dominick Cruz more than anyone due to their linkup for Team Alliance has insisted that the champion is so professional that when he makes his return, it is almost a guarantee in itself that he is ready to dominate the division once again.
According to Pearson, Cruz is moving around well, but he is still going through his rehabilitation process. He mentioned that since he cannot wrestle or even spar at this stage, he is spending his time coaching the rest of the fighters in the gym. Pearson also mentioned that Cruz has a really positive attitude and he wants to get back quickly just for the competition.
Pearson stated that Dominick Cruz has looked at both sides of the story – if he is stripped of the title or if he has to defend it against Renan Barao and is ready for anything the UFC throws at him at the moment.
Dominick Cruz Video Rating: 4 / five
When it was announced that Renan Barao, the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion would be defending his belt against Eddie Wineland at UFC 161, many people raised their eyebrows, with some even wondering what this match-up meant for the reigning UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Although that is still a matter of debate, one thing is for certain and that is the 135 lbs champion will not be making his comeback to the Octagon come the American summer, something that UFC was hoping for after Barao defeated Michael McDonald to defend the interim belt in February.
And speaking to MMAFighting.com, the 27 year old Cruz stated bluntly that there is still no timetable on his return to action. He stated that he is listening to the advice of the doctors and added that he doesn’t want to put any extra pressure on himself by giving a timeline on his return because that is not possible at this moment. Dominick Cruz also confirmed everything that is associated with his rehabilitation from injury is going on at 100%.
Cruz, who has a record of 19-1 in the sport last stepped inside the ring in a successful title defense against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 in October 2011. He was scheduled to face Urijah Faber in their third fight at UFC 146 but he tore an ACL just before the event, sidelining him from the event and from action ever since.
Dominick Cruz stated that the UFC is nothing but a machine and there is no stopping a machine. He mentioned that things are out of his hands at this time. He went on to add that things are definitely not good for him and sitting on the sidelines for so many months has really been frustrating.
Dominick Cruz Movie Score: 4 / five
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s interim Bantamweight title is set to be defended by the interim champion Renan Barao against Michael McDonald over the weekend at UFC on FUEL TV: Barao vs. McDonald. But the question that gets raised inevitably when the interim belt is defended is when the lineal UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will get back inside the Octagon and fight again. Cruz has been on the sidelines of the promotion since the middle of October 2011, and after undergoing two surgeries to rehabilitate his ruptured ACL, the champion is not slated to return to the ring before the summer, at the earliest.
According to Dana White, the president of the UFC, he will definitely not be stripping the title off the reigning champion Dominick Cruz unless he is forced to do so in the scenario of the champion failing to make a comeback and is forced to retire. But the boss man of the promotion is extremely hopeful that the young gun, who is considered as one of the most talented fighters in the promotion to heal up 100%.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, White stated that if Cruz started training again and got injured once more, it would mean he would be ruled out at least for another year. Moreover, he stated that he absolutely hates to say all this about Cruz because he is an extremely good kid, but in such a case, he should look at the option of retiring.
But he reiterated that there is no way he is going to strip Dominick Cruz of the title, adding that the fight business works in a way where one has to beat the man who beat the champion if he wants to claim the title and stated that if he retired, the interim titleholder will be the champion.
Dominick Cruz Video Score: five / five
Dominick Cruz Video Score: 4 / 5
Urijah Faber might be a long time rival for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, but he has now decided to put that rivalry aside and extended his support after news emerged that the champion had undergone another surgery that will see him missing from action for another twelve months at least. Faber, who had recently made an appearance at UFC Tonight on FUEL TV stated that he felt bad after hearing about the second surgery on Cruz’s knee and that he will be out for a further year.
When asked on the show about the recent injury setback suffered by his arch nemesis, Faber calmly stated he felt bad, definitely, because after all that is said and done, Dominick Cruz loves the sport he is in and he works day in and day out to put on a show for the millions of fans out there. He added Cruz has a lot of admirable traits in him and for a guy like him to suffer another such setback is definitely unfortunate.
Faber went on to add that he would love Cruz to get back to action as early as possible so that he can beat him and take his title eventually. Faber will have to go through UFC 157 in February before he has any chances of facing the champion, though. Faber admitted that he is not yet in the reckoning for the title but he knows he just has to win a couple of fights against some of the top guns to land a title shot.
Faber was slated to face Dominick Cruz in July before he injured his ACL, which caused the UFC to reschedule the bout, but now, Faber will have to wait at least a year to get his man.
Dominick Cruz Online video Rating: 4 / five