For 20-plus minutes, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz fought Demetrious Johnson with an injured right hand, as Cruz later found out he dislocated his middle finger at the knuckle and tore ligaments in tendons.
For Cruz (19-1), it is the second hand injury of his career, as he did nearly the same exact thing to his left just over a year ago. He returned from that surgery in about six months, proceeding to beat Urijah Faber this past July.
“It’s basically the exact same injury I had on my left hand. Same knuckle, same everything,” said Cruz in a recent interview with ESPN.com. “The tendon is completely ripped off the bone and my finger is popping out of its socket due to that. And the knuckle just dislocates when I make a fist. I have to get that tendon that ripped reattached with surgery.”
Cruz, who claimed the unanimous decision over Johnson despite the injury at UFC on Versus 6, went into detail when describing the upcoming surgery to repair his hand.
“He (the doctor) put an extra piece of tendon over the top of the knuckle so it’s braced for impact,” Cruz said. “He did some voodoo stuff with it that he drilled a hole through the knuckle and tied it so tight that there’s no way for that tendon to lift back up off the bone again. I really feel like it’s stronger than it was in the first place and I won’t have any issues with it anymore.”
“The Dominator” plans on seeing the same Chicago-based orthopedic surgeon that repaired his left hand for his right, but will hold off surgery until after attending the UFC Fan Expo this weekend in Houston.