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  • 12-05-2012, 07:26 AM
    Emotional Dominick Cruz explains how he re-injured his knee - MMA Fighting

    "I had my couple days of crybaby time per se," Cruz said. I allowed myself to be mad and be sad and be depressed. And, you know, you reach this stage and there's no point, I've seen these tweets and it's been nonstop since the news broke. I would say 95 percent of the tweets are very positive and very uplifting and they have your back."
    Cruz had to pause and regain his composure as he got the next sentence out: "If the fans out there could know how much that helps me, thank you guys so much ... I do this for you guys and I'm in a hurt spot right now."

    The champion has not fought since he defeated Demetrious Johnson on Oct. 1, 2011, which ran his career record to 19-1. Cruz tore his knee in May while training for a title defense against Urijah Faber and underwent his first surgery in June. Tuesday, Cruz explained that the setback occurred during a routine boxing drill.

    "I was going in with the guy I was training with many times, all the time and we were moving, we were doing 50 percent movement drills with each other where basically working with each other shadow boxing ... And on the mat that I was on, with my brace, I don't know man, I was moving and I went to hit a pivot, and the tissue just popped, I had some thoughts like, no way [this happened] just moving, because I've done so much more than that in [physical therapy] with my PT guy. I was shocked that it happened and it just popped."
    So Cruz has to sit back and wait while interim champion Renan Barao gets set to defend his belt against Michael McDonald. The champion again thanked the fans for their support before signing off.

    "The love that I get from the fans right now is really keeping me up and keeping my optimistic. The glass is full right now, the fans want to see me back and that means everything to me."
  • 12-05-2012, 03:13 AM
    best wishes to cruz. this is terrible news.
  • 12-05-2012, 01:46 AM
    Bellator's Mo Lawal has recovery advice for injured UFC champ Dominick Cruz
  • 12-04-2012, 05:43 PM
    Barao, the mini Carlos Condit.
  • 12-04-2012, 04:26 PM
    Kimbo> Rampage
    Sucks for Cruz... Lets hope this isnt career ending... Im trying to find some positive light on this, buts its hard to do... As others have mentioned. Asking if he knee will ever be the same is a legit question, especially with 2 surgery's before he even returned.

    He is missing out on his prime years and he has always seemed fragile.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Dammit. This is even longer that Barao will go without defending the title. He needs to nut up and fight already.
    This obviously changes things... It went from a GSP/Condit situation to this... I highly doubt Barao himself and his team would want to wait that long... Even if that is a big fight, he needs money and keep active for the sake of his own career... The UFC wont let that happen either... Way to find reason to complain...

    has the UFC asked him to defend the belt or even offered him a fight?

    Its amazing how people overlook that part. The UFC offering a fight is the first step... He he didnt want to or refused, im sure Dana would bitch about it.
  • 12-04-2012, 04:17 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    All I have to say is......damn.
  • 12-04-2012, 04:04 PM
    I feel bad for Cruz i hope he comes back strong but i doubt he will be the same fighter he was. With that said even if he is not the same fighter he still will be a beast maybe not the best in his division but certainly one of the top guys. He may prove me wrong which i hope he does.

    I want to see Barao defend his interim belt against Mcdonald. Hopefully after that the winner can face Cruz to unify the titles. I wish they would do a tourney as Rivet suggested but thats just not what Dana likes to do even when he has one he won't admit it.
  • 12-04-2012, 03:42 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by BonesKnows View Post
    If he is going to come back, should the UFC strip him of his title and make Barao the real 135 champ and not an interim champ?
    I think they'll have him fight Michael McDonald for the belt. They could have a 4 man tourney, and the winner fights Barao for the actual belt, which would be cooler, but probably won't happen. they could do a one-night two rounder and make me happy, but that's even less likely.

    I think a craxy one-night two-rounder with McDonald, Fernandes, Faber and either Pickett or Wineland would be outstanding, and could move more attention to the Bantams. The winner could then face Renan Barao.

    If you're moving from the concept of an interim--which many fans look at as "placeholder" or even "fake" belts to a legitimized, "real" title, it would be a great illustration of the effort needed to capture the belt and make it more prominent as a result.

    Plus I'm a sucker for one-night tourneys. I'll admit I'm a tad biased.

    Quote Originally Posted by adamatfullers View Post
    I personally think if a title is not defended within a year it should be stripped. Regardless of injuries etc. The previous title holder should be granted a rematch upon return. And IMO this goes for everyone. Anderson included.
    What about interims? I don't even think they should get a year. dana talked about Barao fighting McDonald a couple weeks back, I think that's the most likely...but I would say interim belts--which I hate, by the way--would be on an even tighter schedule than legitimized champions.

    Quote Originally Posted by NLRepublic View Post
    Due to his style of fighting (quick foot work) and due to his age (he is missing his prime years) this could cause for some serious trouble when he gets back

    Then again, that was said about GSP and he looked fantastic when he came back

    But man, GSP has 1 surgery, not two. And as good as Condit is, Cruz has a BEAST waiting for him in Barao... tough luck for Cruz, hate to read this
    GSPs injury wasn't as bad as either of Cruz's.

    Quote Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris View Post
    Didnt they already give an interm belt to barao(sp) after he beat faber?
    They did. That's why I think we have a chance to see a tourney winner face-off instead of just giving Renan the belt: it gives Faber another shot, it pumps up the division and adds a bit of legitimate drama, and it can sell a couple PPV buys.

  • 12-04-2012, 02:48 PM
    Yeah I don't know how much Cruz has left. He breaks his damn hand in like every fight as well. I am thinking it would only take one morei jury and he is done.
  • 12-04-2012, 01:23 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Badluck33 View Post
    why do i have this feeling that the UFC is going to quickly try to put an interim belt on Faber as quickly as they can....
    Didnt they already give an interm belt to barao(sp) after he beat faber?
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