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UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz fought for over four rounds with an injured hand and still managed to defeat Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 last Saturday. He never said anything about the injury during the post-fight press conference, and it didn't come out until Dana White ended up telling the media later. Well, Cruz has finally opened up about the injury, and described everything to Josh Gross of ESPN.com:
"It just hurt and felt off," Cruz said. "My finger kept popping out of the socket."
"It's basically the exact same injury I had on my left hand," Cruz said. "Same knuckle, same everything. The tendon is completely ripped off the bone and my finger is popping out of its socket due to that. And the knuckle just dislocates when I make a fist. I have to get that tendon that ripped reattached with surgery."
He also describes the surgery he had on the other hand, and how it actually made it stronger:
"After I got the surgery on my left hand the doctor said it would be stronger. And it's true. It is stronger," Cruz said. "He put an extra piece of tendon over the top of the knuckle so it's braced for impact.
"He did some voodoo stuff with it that he drilled a hole through the knuckle and tied it so tight that there's no way for that tendon to lift back up off the bone again. I really feel like it's stronger than it was in the first place and I won't have any issues with it anymore."
He was on the shelf for almost seven months when he had the first surgery. Hopefully he's not out as long this time, and good on him for toughing through that.