WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz will be taking on Scott Jorgensen next week at WEC 53 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Cruz is certainly expecting a win over Jorgensen, but told MMAWeekly.com recently that he has decided to schedule some time off in order to rehab a long-nagging injury.
“To be honest, with the timing on this I had a couple options,” Cruz said. “I went into that fight with Joseph Benavidez with a hurt hand, and I just went ahead and took care of some stuff so it wouldn’t be an issue in the fight, and I had another option after I got done with that fight. The doctors told me you’re going to need surgery, you’re going to need to get it fixed, and you’re going to be out for six months at least.”
He went on to explain his reasoning for going through with fights despite his injury, pointing to what he perceives his duties as a champion to be.
“I just did not want to be out that long,” he said. “I don’t want to be the kind of champion that just sits out over and over and over, so I just decided to tough it out and take another fight and get the surgery right after this fight, and sit on it for a minute after I re-win my belt.”
Though the injury is serious enough to require corrective surgery, Cruz maintained that it has not been a hindrance throughout preparation for his upcoming title defense.
“I’ve been fine through this camp, it hasn’t been an issue,” Cruz said. “I’ve been able to do everything I need to do to be 100-percent prepared, and now I’m ready to go into this fight and just do what I’ve got to do.”
WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis will take place next Thursday, December 16th at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.