Dominick Cruz Undergoes Successful ACL Surgery, Out At Least 9 Months

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At the end of last year Dominick Cruz made a successful return to the UFC after being sidelined for nearly 3 years with 2 torn ACL’s and a torn groin muscle.

Cruz fought Takeya Mizugaki, and dismantled him in just 61 seconds, earning himself a shot at TJ Dillashaw’s bantamweight title.

Plans for the bout got rolling, then tragic news surfaced that Cruz tore his other ACL, and would be out for an indefinite period of time.

He spoke on The MMA Hour to discuss his surgery and return to MMA.

“It went well, I’ve obviously done this more times than I’d like. I’ve become pretty used to the sequence of events that take place. Right now, I’m in a machine that kind of bends my leg and I get to move it 10 degrees each day. I’m on 80 degrees today, 90 degrees tomorrow then I go see the doctor on Thursday and then rehab starts. I’m right on track, surgery was very successful and I am absolutely optimistic… I am looking at probably nine months. A typical ACL surgery is six to nine months, minimum. I’m just going to say nine months, because that’s what the doctors say. That can be later or a little bit sooner. There is no way that it will be faster than six months.”