Originally Posted by The Donosaur
9 months without defending the title= interim champ is crowned
18 months without defending the title= the champ is stripped and the interim champ becomes the champ, but when the former champ returns he gets an immediate title shot
If another year passes before the former champ returns, then I don't even think they should get an immediate title shot.
This is obviously just my opinion, but I think it is more than fair.
If it wasn't Cruz then I would understand. But he's defended the belt 4 times after winning it. With all of those fights against the best in the division. If he were able to come back and defend it again, then he would cement himself in history as one of the best fighters (atleast IMO).