Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has been on the mend since May 2012 due to multiple injuries.
He suffered a knee injury while training to defend his belt against Urijah Faber following a coaching stint by the two on The Ultimate Fighter in 2012. He had surgery to repair the injury, but it didn’t take, forcing him to basically start over. While preparing for his expected return at UFC 169 in February, he suffered a pulled groin and relinquished his title.
The 28-year-old has been on the sideline for so long that he doesn’t want to discuss his fighting career until he can get back in there and show what he’s capable of doing.
“I had all this time that I’ve been hurt and haven’t been able to go out there and do what I want to do to compete because I’ve been hurt. So until I can go out there and show what I can do, I don’t have a whole lot to say about myself,” said Cruz on Fox Sports Live following UFC Fight Night 36 on Saturday.
Despite the setbacks, Cruz guarantees he’ll return to the cage at some point.
“I’m about the divisions and the fighting, and I just love this sport. So I’ll be back, it’s a guarantee. I love it too much not to. I’m just trying to get healthy,” he said.
He last competed on Oct. 1, 2011, defending the title for a fourth time against now-flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. It’s unknown when he’ll be physically able to return.