After two years, Dominick Cruz was given the green light to return to action. He will do so in a big way, as he looks to unify the bantamweight titles with Renan Barao. Cruz won his title for the WEC and it was later promoted to the UFC. Barao became the interim titleholder when Cruz went down with his ACL injury.
Though Cruz has been away for a while, Barao isn’t taking any chances.
“I don’t believe that gives me an advantage,” said Barao to MMA Fighting. “What gives me an advantage is my training. I will work hard to get there at my best. I’m not counting him out because of the injuries.”
Cruz’s first ACL surgery was deemed a failure, so a second one was required. He’s 19-1 with four title defenses.
Barao is 31-1 and hasn’t lost since his MMA debut. His two title defenses this year were stoppages from Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.
They’re the co-main event of UFC 169 on February 1. It’s out of the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.