Cruz flew to Brazil to attend UFC 163 last Saturday, and met with Barao. According to Barao, Cruz will be fighting in Feb of 2014.
"We only exchanged a few words because my English isnít that good," Renan told MMAFighting.coml. "He told me heís returning on February. I was really happy to hear that. I hope he can return so we can finally fight."
However, Cruz's head coach said 'The Dominator' not pushing things beyond his doctor's orders.
"It's a guess," Del Fierro told Damon Martin via text message. "There is no date set, hopefully sooner rather than later. Just progressing as doctor allows."
In any case, Barao has something more immediate than Cruz to think about.
"My focus now is on Wineland. Heís a tough dude, has been doing great fights. Iím well-trained and I will set a good strategy to do my best on Sept. 21."