Anyone on these boards no what it takes to go through surgery on a blown out knee and the rehab that comes along with it? No? Then you dont even have the slightest clue what Cruz is/has been going through over the last 2 years.

Had the UFC stripped Cruz of his belt because of said rehab and injury it would be a slap in Cruz's face for everything he has done for the company in such a short time frame. I have no problem with interim belts, or interim champions. IMO the term "interim" doesnt take away anything from the fighter who is holding the belt. Is Condit any less of a champion because he didnt beat GSP for it? Is Barao any less of a champion because he hasnt beat Cruz? My answer to those questions are no - not at all. Both are champions, and i look forward to seeing who the better ofthe champions are when they meet in early 2014 (cruz/barao) and i will be pulling for Cruz for the first time in his career. Us knee surgery guys need to stick together