Cruz: “I’ll Give You my Return Date when I Have It”
It’s been exactly one year and a half since the MMA world has last seen Dominick Cruz fight. After getting a unanimous decision victory over current flyweight title holder Demetrious Johnson, the UFC bantamweight champion underwent two straight surgeries to repair his torn ACL suffered during the preparations to fight Urijah Faber as part of “The Ultimate Fighter Live” season. As his return to the Octagon still doesn’t have a date to happen as of now, Cruz took the time to talk about his current situation. Here’s what he had to say, via Sherdog.com:
“I’m not gonna let the media or anybody else push me on a date. “Give us a date to look at, that’s all we want, Dominick”. I can’t. I want a date. I don’t have one. I’m listening to my doctors because if I don’t do that, I’ll get hurt again. So the focus is to pull the reigns on myself, don’t let myself go in it too soon and just do the work that I can with the UFC, with my sponsors, do everything I can with Fuel TV, with media, to push MMA like I’ve been doing and just help out MMA like it has helped me so much. To the fans: I will be back, I’m coming back, I’m working hard. No date yet but I’ll give it out when I have it, I promise.
Two years gone or not, I’m me. By the time I get through my camp, I’ll be more than ready for a fight against anybody who’s in the position of an interim title holder.”
Today, that would be the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Renan Barao, who submitted Michael McDonald via arm triangle choke on February 16th to defend his interim bantamweight title. However, Barao will have another title defense to make against Eddie Wineland on June 15th at UFC 161, as the division still awaits a timetable for Dominick Cruz’s return.