UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz wants nothing more than to schedule a fight and plan his return to action inside the Octagon. But, after going through a second knee surgery, “The Dominator” remains uncertain when he will compete again.
Cruz (19-1) has not fought since defeating Demetrious Johnson in late 2011. He was scheduled to face Urijah Faber after a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but suffered his first knee injury and subsequent surgery. After the cadaver ligament failed, he was forced to go under the knife again.
“There is no timeline; that’s the problem,” said Cruz, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “Everybody wants a timeline as much as I do. I would like to say, ‘in six months, starting today, I will be back.’ I can’t do that. It’s up to my doctors.”
Cruz said he has been going to the doctor to have his knee checked out every six weeks, with the doctor allowing him more activities to do after each visit.
“The truth is, I’m a humbled man right now,” Cruz said. “I’m sitting on the outside watching these guys fight for the No. 1 contender spot.”
Renan Barao is the current interim UFC bantamweight champion, having successfully defended the title earlier this month over Michael McDonald.