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Dana White Clears Up Dominick Cruz Retirement Talk

UFC president Dana White wasn’t too happy with the way his words were mixed around recently, and took Saturday’s post-fight show on FUEL TV as a chance to clear them up.

Late last week, White was asked about the status of UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who is currently rehabbing from a second knee surgery. White made it seem as if he would push “The Dominator” to retire if he falls victim to a third injury before returning to the Octagon. The UFC boss said that is not what he meant.

“You can’t not work for three years and you can’t sit on the belt for three years,” White said. “That’s what I said. Never did I say if he gets hurt, he has to retire. If he got another serious injury again, he might look at retiring, not me saying he should. I love Dominick Cruz. He’s a great champion and a hell of a kid. He works hard, and he’s smart.”

Cruz was working on the same FUEL TV show, and stated, “I’m really glad that Dana cleared that up. The media likes to construe things when they can. Wrong again media! And Dana White didn’t say that.”

No timetable has been set for the return of Cruz, who saw Renan Barao defend his interim bantamweight title against Michael McDonald in the main event of the show Saturday.