Dominick Cruz Guarantees He’ll Be Back, but Doesn’t Have Much To Say Until Then

February 16, 2014
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Dominick Cruz

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.

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  • Seth

    Stay at home. Really, man. You get injured each time there is talk about you fighting. I don’t if that’s curse or destiny – but its life saying You shouldnt do this.

  • brad king

    Barao will destroy cruz. Stay home man or drop down a division. Cruz vs Mighty Mouse II

    • Aimed With “V”

      I don’t think he’s capable to cut to 125, he’s never been a small BW.

      But I agree with your prediction 🙂

  • Aimed With “V”

    I’d like to see him back and I think that Faber deserves a rubber match with him.
    Their last fight wasn’t as one-sided as described by some – Faber managed to drop him how many times? 2? 3?

    Other matchups can also be interesting:
    Cruz-Wineland, Cruz-MacDonald, Cruz-Assuncao, Cruz-Dillashaw are all fights I would enjoy to see.

    • Seth

      Not much of a chance for those…really looks like you dislike Cruz and want to see him losing here 😉

      • Aimed With “V”

        Hmmmm…I admit, I haven’t put a really deep thought in a possible outcome of those fights, but I think it would be at least competitive…both for Cruz and his opponents.

        Surely all of them possess a different riddle in a striking department – Wineland is a technical aggressor, Mayday hits insanely heavy, Assuncao is a solid counter-puncher which is hard to outscore – but Cruz is pretty much a riddle himself, I suppose. He hasn’t been a champion because his competition was easy or something 🙂

        • Seth

          And most important thing – Cruz would get injured once fight is booked 😀

          • Aimed With “V”

            Heh, it’s really hard to rule out that possibility, isn’t it?

            Well, hopefully not…even Thiago Alves comes back from the injury finally, so anything is possible 🙂

  • TRT-rex

    I don’t think anyone really cares if Cruz ever comes back! IMO he shouldn’t. If he does it will be a one and done deal cause he WILL get injured. Dude isn’t built to be a fighter plain an simple. He could be a decent Boxing coach but that’s about it.

    • Aimed With “V”

      Isn’t built to be a fighter?
      Hmm, that’s pretty idiotic thing to say, considering some facts, like:
      He has fought since 2005;
      has 19-1 in his record;
      has been the best fighter in his weight class;
      was considered one of the 10 best mixed martial artists on the planet.

      If that’s not enough for the infantile keyboard warrior to respect the fighting ability of a sportsman, I don’t know what is.

      • TRT-rex

        I was never talking bad about his statistics. He was ok! Not great. It’s his body that isn’t built to be a fighter! He is injury prone. And all your stats don’t means shit to me cause he still only fought twice in the UFC. That’s where you prove your worth and he hadn’t done that for me.

        • Aimed With “V”

          Well, luckily for everyone else, who, unlike you, has a slightest clue about the subject – we know that the whole BW division was transferred straight from the WEC to UFC, so the argument “he hasn;t shown it in the UFC” means absolutly nothing – it’s the same division.
          The whole top ten in the BW division has fought in WEC, except Dillashaw, who already lost to another WEC veteran, Assuncao.

          Also the “injury prone isn’t built to be a fighter” argument is laughable at best – great champions like Cain Velasquez and GSP are injury prone, and that didn’t/doesn’t stand on their way to be great and dominant champions.

          But it’s OK, stay with your little opinion – you already showed your ignorance, so it doesn’t really count.

  • ty270

    Really hope this guy can make a comeback. He really is a great fighter