Cruz provided an update on his condition to Sherdog Radio where the news wasn’t necessarily positive on the surface but at least an indicator that he’s taking the right approach to healing up rather than rushing things out of anxiety.
“I miss competing. I haven’t been able to do it in a while and it hurts,” Cruz admitted. “But there’s nothing I can really do except sit on my hands and wait for this knee. I know it’s going to be fine. I know I’m going to heal OK. I know I’m going to be in there. I just have to do my time and wait, and that’s the hardest part. I don’t have a whole lot of patience.”
“I’m so far from being cleared,” he continued. “I go see the doctor again and they just cleared me to start running. I’m just running – that’s it. I can’t grapple, I can’t kickbox, I can’t box or anything like that yet. I’ve just got to build my body up slowly.”
However, though Cruz may be somewhat immobile, that doesn’t mean he is staying idle.
“The way people are picturing it, I have a feeling, is I’m going to be completely out of the gym, not doing anything and then all of a sudden I’m hopping into a camp. I don’t operate that way. I’ve never operated that way. I would almost put money on it that I’m in better shape than a lot of people that are active fighters right now,” said Cruz confidently. “I’m very active. I’m still doing tons of bike work. I’m still doing tons of upper body strength work. I’m working on everything I can around this knee, including working that knee and the muscles around that leg in order to come back as strong as ever.”