Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is finally training again!
Bellator lightweight Michael Chandler made the announcement this week, stating that his Alliance MMA teammate was “doing good” while trying to do some light workouts in the midst of rehabbing his injured groin.
“He’s back in the gym this week. He’s not full sparring, but he’s drilling and he’s doing grappling and stuff and getting into that kind of stuff.”
Cruz was out for two years with a previous knee injury, and after multiple surgeries and intensive rehab he was finally ready ton unify the bantamweight belt against Renan Barao at UFC 169 on February 1st. Then came the debilitating groin injury, and the UFC had no choice but to pull him from the event, and strip him off his belt.
“Dominick, he’s a warrior,” Chadler told MMAFighting.com. “To be able to go through what he’s gone through, a 28-year old dude who has the whole world at his fingertips and he has MMA is his thing he’s been doing for 10 years, and to have that taken away for two years, going on three years, and to have the belt taken away, to have to go through that mentally is something that’s going to make him the better man.”
Chandler knows a thing or two about Cruz’ current mental state, since he’s in middle of prepping and promoting his own upcoming title shot and closing out a trilogy against fellow Bellator lightweight Eddie Alvarez on May 17th.
“He’s more motivated than he’s ever been, because he wants to go out and prove that he should have held on to that bantamweight title,” Chandler said. “The UFC was great with him, gave him a fair chance. Now he has the opportunity to hopefully get healthy, beat one or two guys and hopefully get a title shot.”
By Kenya OwensTags: Dominick Cruz, michael chandler