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.