Michael Chandler says Dominick Cruz is back in the gym

Todd Warshaw

Bellator lightweight Michael Chandler discusses teammate Dominick Cruz's return to the gym following yet another injury.

It goes without saying that former UFC bantamweight Dominick Cruz hasn't had the best luck over the last couple of years. Cruz has suffered injury after injury that derailed his fight career and forced him to relinquish his title. The last setback, a torn groin, was suffered a few months ago, but it looks like he has returned to the gym in an attempt to get back in the cage. Teammate Michael Chandler spoke about Cruz on a recent appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani:

"He's doing good. He's back in the gym this week. He's not full sparring, but he's drilling and he's doing grappling and stuff and getting into that kind of stuff."

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"Dominick, he's a warrior," Chandler told MMAFighting.com. "To be able to go through what he's gone through, a 28-year old dude who has the whole world at his fingertips and he has MMA is his thing he's been doing for 10 years, and to have that taken away for two years, going on three years, and to have the belt taken away, to have to go through that mentally is something that's going to make him the better man."

"He's more motivated than he's ever been, because he wants to go out and prove that he should have held on to that bantamweight title," Chandler said. "The UFC was great with him, gave him a fair chance. Now he has the opportunity to hopefully get healthy, beat one or two guys and hopefully get a title shot."

It will be interesting to see what the UFC does with Cruz when he's finally ready to fight again. Do they give him an immediate title shot? Will he get a warm-up fight? There are good cases for both courses of action, but Cruz has to avoid another injury and get back into shape before his fate will be decided one way or the other.

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