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  • 09-25-2013, 11:47 PM
    UFC boss worries Dominick Cruz may never find chance to earn back lottery ticket

    "It's like jumping up and going, 'Holy s--t, I f---ing won!' and then, 'Where did my ticket go? I lost my f---ing ticket?' and there's no proof that he had the ticket," White said. "That's literally what it's like."

    Cruz, of course, is the reigning UFC bantamweight title holder, but he hasn't competed since an October 2011 win over current flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. A pair of back-to-back knee surgeries has left "The Dominator" on the sidelines, and Barao has ascended to the top of the division by claiming the interim belt with a win over Urijah Faber and then defending it successfully against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

    Following his victory over Wineland in the co-feature of this past weekend's UFC 165 event, Barao ascended to the top spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/ MMA bantamweight rankings, leaving Cruz to fall to No. 2.

    With nearly two years on the sidelines, Cruz has listened to question after question as to when he might actually return – and whether or not he deserved to still call himself champion.

    White said he has no regrets leaving the belt on Cruz this long but knows the expiration date is quickly approaching.

    "There's no regret because I like Dominick," White said. It's almost that I felt so bad for this kid."

    But more than any title belt or glory, White said Cruz's biggest loss has come simply from the paychecks he's missed, including one potentially large payday that was supposed to come in the summer of 2012. Cruz and Faber were supposed to serve as the co-main event of "UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II," where Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen in the headlingi about of one of the biggest cards of the year.

    He was supposed to get a piece of pay-per-view on the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch," White said. "I'm not kidding you, that's a f---ing lottery ticket. …. He might never have the opportunity to make that kind of money again."
  • 09-24-2013, 07:42 AM
    Before Cruz's knee surgeries Cruz/Barao was a top 5 fight for me easy. It was a coin flip than and Barao should be a significant favorite now IMO. One advantage Cruz has is his mind. His ability to dissect fighters is phenomenal. His fight breakdowns on TUF were far more complex than any other coach. Even if never is able to fight again, he will be an elite coach in the MMA world.
  • 09-24-2013, 03:11 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by TheDoucheyWun View Post
    It's really a shame that Barao and Aldo train together because I feel that could be one of the most fun so called superfights out there.
    Agreed. I think Barao is a splitting image of Aldo. And I'm sure it has to do with them training together.
  • 09-24-2013, 12:01 AM
    It's really a shame that Barao and Aldo train together because I feel that could be one of the most fun so called superfights out there.
  • 09-24-2013, 12:00 AM
    I feel very bad for Cruz. Like I am a huge NBK fan but NBK is no Barao and NBK caught a an amazingly dominant champ after a long lay off and major surgery, What Cruz has went through is what GSP had 2 ten fold and he will be returning against a completly different animal who's established his place Cruz a once dominant champ I find having no answers if this fight occurs.
  • 09-23-2013, 09:08 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    I kinda have. I know he's beastly, but I don't remember him being as beastly as Barao is.

    Those were both pretty funny lines.
    Cruz,s stats back up Masscore's comparison. I guess I dont understand your sense of humor.
  • 09-23-2013, 08:42 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    Those were both pretty funny lines.
    If you re-watch Cruz's fights, you will see Masscore's analogy is rather accurate.
  • 09-23-2013, 07:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Masscore View Post
    Sorry if you have forgotten just how good Cruz really is.
    I kinda have. I know he's beastly, but I don't remember him being as beastly as Barao is.

    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    what part of that post is funny to you?
    their is pretty much no one like Cruz in all of MMA.
    He is one part Machida and one part GSP.
    Those were both pretty funny lines.
  • 09-23-2013, 07:19 PM
    The Return Of......
    Cruz should be stripped and have a welcome back fight. 2 years is too long.
  • 09-23-2013, 07:13 PM
    Super tough fight for Cruz....especially with how Barao seems to be improving from fight to fight. The dude is such a gamer...very talented/athletic and just has the mind of a fighter. Might even be better than his main training partner Aldo honestly just because his ground game is so damn good.

    It regrets me to admit it, but I do check Sherdog from time to time and I thought it was a complete joke they had Barao at 9 on their P4P list. That fuckin guy is top 5 at least. Even though there might not be the consistent high level of competition for him as of now at bantam weight, he's still winning very impressively. Plus he dominated Faber with ease who I have a shitload of respect for...also, 31 straight victories has to been looked for anyone.
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