Dominick Cruz hasn’t committed to a date when he looks to be back inside the Octagon, but the UFC bantamweight champion is on schedule to make a healthy return.
“I’m listening to my doctors and I’m not putting extra pressure on myself by giving any timeline because it’s not possible to do so as of now,” Cruz sent via text message to MMA Fighting. “Everything associated with recovery/rehab is on track 100 percent.”
The last time Cruz defended his title was back in October 2011. He has been out since with an ACL injury. The first surgery didn’t take and he needed another operation to correct the damage in his knee.
While Cruz is out, the UFC has moved ahead with their interim champion Renan Barao. He was recently announced to make his second defense to Eddie Wineland at UFC 161.
“I’m out of the equation until I’m cleared by the doctor,” wrote Cruz. “Barao is the champion for now, and my belt/title defenses up to this point save me a spot to fight the interim champion when I am healed.”
Cruz has been champion since 2010, with his title being decided four times.
UFC 161 is June 15 from the MTS Centre in Canada.