UFC Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz setting no date for return from injury

Jerry Markland

Still laid off from multiple knee injuries, Cruz says he's not ready to give an expected return date.

Monday marked a year and a half since UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has had the opportunity to defend his title. He was scheduled to face Urijah Faber in a rubber match at UFC 148. Instead, he suffered an injury in training and was replaced by current interim champion Renan Barao. Then in December, Cruz had to have a second surgery on his ACL after re-injuring himself doing light training.

Four months later, Cruz tells Sherdog that he won't be making the same mistake again (transcribed by MMA Mania):

I'm not gonna let media or anybody else push me on a date. 'Give us a date. That's all we want. We want a date, Dominick. Give us a date to look at!' I can't. I want a date. I don't have one. I'm listening to my doctors because if I don't do that, I get hurt again. The focus is 'pull the reigns down', pull the reigns on myself. Don't let myself go in there too soon and just do the work I can with the UFC, with my sponsors, do everything I can on Fuel TV and say to the fans I will be back. I'm coming back. I'm working hard. No date yet but I'll give it out when I have it. I promise.


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