An anniversary is approaching the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz did not wish to celebrate; October 1 will come as the second anniversary since he was healthy enough to take on an opponent inside the UFC Octagon and defend the title belt.
That means he has been on the shelf for twenty four months in the prime of his career; considering the fact that he is just 28 years old, he spent the last two years recuperating his ACL injury instead of fighting the likes of Renan Barao and defending his title.
Cruz was scheduled to fight against long time rival Urijah Faber in 2012 but a blown knee forced him to sit out the trilogy of their fabled encounter. At the end of last years, he required another surgery after his body rejected the initial surgery. Barao is in a position where, as the interim UFC Bantamweight champion, he is sure to get a shot at the reigning champion Dominick Cruz when he returns to the ring.
But right now, he is hoping that he is fit enough to spar in training and not spend time nursing the injury anymore. According to Cruz, the doctors have cleared him for drill grappling as well as a certain limit of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Although it is a far cry from the sparring sessions he is crying out for, it seems that Cruz already has a tentative date set for his return to the cage.
In a recent interview, the Brazilian Barao stated that Dominick Cruz told him that he will get his title unification bout in February and it is clear that Cruz is planning to take things slow and not rush into it as he cannot afford another injury to sideline him for a long period.