UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz Making Progress, Gets Clearance to Start Boxing

June 4, 2013
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Dominick Cruz cracks on Urijah FaberUFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is on the mend and making progress.

The last time he fought was against Demetrious Johnson in October 2011.

Cruz was scheduled to fight a rubber match against Urijah Faber at UFC 148 in July of 2012. While the two were coaching season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, Cruz tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during training.

He underwent surgery that utilized the ligament from a cadaver to repair his ACL. His body, unfortunately, rejected the foreign ligament, so he had to undergo a second surgery in late 2012.

Now, half a year later, he has finally been cleared to begin sparring again.

“Leaving LA now,n doc just cleared me to start boxing(sparring):)-one step at a time!C u wit some new tricks,” Cruz tweeted on Tuesday.

That’s far from news of a date for his return to the Octagon, but it is welcome news nonetheless, especially considering UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barão has just taken up his own spot on the bench.

Barão was slated to face Eddie Wineland in the UFC 161 main event on June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, but was forced out of the bout due to an injured right foot, leaving the UFC with both of its bantamweight champions unable to fight.

Hopefully, Cruz’s clearance to spar is a signal that he’ll be returning to action sooner rather than later.

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  • eric

    Cruz and Barao will be a epic showdown indeed.

  • solo

    Man, Cruz has been sidelined for year and a half.
    That injury, i mean is he gonna be the same fighter when he come back? I really hope he does.

    And i hope Cruz vs Barao will happen eventually.


    I think UFC should make Barao full Champ and when Cruz returns he should get a tune up fight with a top-5 guy

    • Ian Price

      Prolly not a bad idea for Cruz either. You don’t wanna come in facing Barao after that much ring rust.

      As a side note, I also wanna see him move up to fight Aldo if they both keep winning.

      • JDMMA

        Yeah that’d be a fast paced fight, esp speed advantage to Cruz but Power and strength goes to Aldo

        • Ian Price

          I consider all those guys as similarly ranked. Aldo, Cruz, Edgar, Barao. I mean, Edgar did lose to Aldo, but losing 3 rounds to 2 isn’t really getting your ass kicked.