Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to return to the UFC Octagon after a gap of over two years following a twin surgery and is preparing to defend his lineal championship belt against the interim title holder Renan Barao.
But his return has already been mired in controversy with Dana White, the president of the UFC commenting that he feels Cruz could have easily made a return much sooner.
Cruz will put his belt on the line at UFC 169 but if White is to be believed, he stalled on his return and took longer to get back and he should normally have taken. Speaking to the media, White made the comments, although he stated that he shouldn’t be making such comments but that’s what he feels.
White mentioned that Dominick Cruz is training extremely hard for his return to the Octagon as he looks to get over every inch of ring rust that might have accumulated over time, adding that over the last few weeks he has seen Cruz do things which makes him feel he stalled on his return and could have defended the belt much earlier.
Cruz has not faced defeat in the UFC in the last six years and is on a run of ten matches unbeaten while Barao is undefeated for the last eight years and over thirty matches. White went to add further insult to injury when he mentioned that Dominick Cruz is perhaps doing the right thing by pushing him in training because no one would come face to face against a monster challenge in the form of Barao after being on the sidelines for the last two years.
The UFC president is also hoping the match lives up to the pre-match hype that it has gathered as well.