UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn’t been able to compete inside the Octagon since late in 2011 when he defeated Demetrious Johnson.
First, Cruz stepped away from action to compete opposite Urijah Faber on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. During training, “The Dominator” suffered a knee injury, had surgery, and was sidelined indefinitely.
The procedure, however, did not go as planned, and Cruz was forced to go back under the knife. He is currently rehabbing once again, and UFC president Dana White believes another year-long layoff could push the 27-year-old to retirement.
“I hate to even say this about the kid since he’s a really good kid, but he should seriously probably look at retirement (if he gets hurt again),” White said. “Yes, we expect him to come back. Everything is going as well as can be expected.”
Renan Barao, the interim UFC bantamweight champion, will put his title on the line this Saturday against Michael McDonald at UFC on FUEL TV: Barao vs. McDonald. White added during the pre-fight press conference that there are no plans to strip Cruz of the belt, unless he does retire from MMA.
“The way that it works in the fight business is you beat the man who beat the man,” White stated.