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Wednesday, 06/20/2012, 01:42 pm

Dominick Cruz Could Be Out For Up To Eighteen Months Rehabbing Injury | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz tweeted both good and bad news yesterday.

@TheDomin8r: So stitches r out n no more crutches! After 2 more weeks I downsize my knee brace, n then I’ll b walking like a champ!!

Cruz was forced out of his title defence against Urijah Faber due to a knee injury suffered in training.

“UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani spoke with Dominick Cruz about his recovery from surgery.

“He’s actually feeling great. You know, he had the surgery on June 6th, a total reconstruction of his ACL and MCL in his left leg. He’s feeling great. He’s saying he’s ahead of schedule right now. Right now, it’s a little too early to say just when he’ll be ready to return. He’s doing the normal physical therapy, right now. This is an injury that could take an athlete nine to maybe 18 months to return to his previous form. So right now, his spirits are high, but he doesn’t want to put any kind of date out as far as when he could return to the Octagon.”

The Bantamweight Interim title bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta on July 21, 2012 the winner will likley be Cruz next opponent depending on his return date.

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