Cruz tore his ACL in training and rumors have swirled according to Faber that it occurred while he was working with Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey.
Regardless of how it happened, Cruz will be sidelined for the better part of the next year after he schedules and undergoes surgery to repair the damage to his knee.
Faber, who is coaching alongside Cruz on this season of the Ultimate Fighter Live, found out the news like everybody else and now awaits word from the UFC for what happens next.
“It sucks for everybody. Especially myself and Dominick and I wish him a speedy recovery. You don’t wish that on anybody and I know he wanted to scrap,” said Faber in a video released on Monday.
There is no perfect situation now with Cruz out of the bout, but most believe because he will be sidelined for the next 9 to 12 months following surgery that an interim title is the next best scenario.
The UFC has yet to make an announcement about the possibility of an interim title, but with Cruz on the shelf, it would make sense for Faber to remain on the UFC 148 card against a new opponent with a temporary bantamweight title on the line.
“Now, I’m just waiting to hear what happens. I’m thinking an interim title, he’s been out almost a year and a half now once this surgery goes through, it’s going to be another 9 months, so I’m hoping for a top contender.
“Renan Barao in my opinion is next up, Michael McDonald after that, and Ivan Menjivar after that, so I’m just waiting to see.”
Barao and Menjivar are actually scheduled to face each other on the July 7 show from Las Vegas, while McDonald is currently back in training after knocking out Miguel Torres at UFC 145. The UFC has yet to make a decision in any way, shape, or form, but Faber is training to fight and hopes to still compete on the UFC 148 card.
“I’m ready to scrap July 7 as far as that’s concerned, that’s when it’s going down,” said Faber.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Faber’s status when it becomes available.