UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz doesn’t like taking anything slow and steady. Cruz, who is known for his excellent footwork and quick hands, is rehabbing from a knee injury suffered just weeks away from facing Urijah Faber earlier this year.
“Sometimes being a professional isn’t always about giving 100-percent because right now, I’m not allowed to give 100-percent,” said Cruz, in an interview with UFC.com. “If I tried to go put 100-percent effort into my training right now, I’d blow my knee out. Right now, being a professional is about staying calm, staying very patient and letting the process take its course.”
The 27-year-old was selected to coach opposite Faber on the first Ultimate Fighter season on FX. He was set to be part of the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch card, but all that was taken away with the injury.
Since the injury, Renan Barao has earned the interim UFC bantamweight title with a victory over Faber, but Cruz sees the whole division as being on the upswing in his absence.
“The division is developing and the UFC altogether is growing,” Cruz said. “There are more fights, and, as a result, they’re able to bring in more fighters. The level of competition just keeps rising. Needless to say, the 135-pound division is growing, and keeps getting better.”