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It appears UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will in fact be defending his manufactured crown before reigning 135-pound king Dominick Cruz (Pictured) returns from injury.
Cruz initially went under the knife to repair the torn ACL in his left knee this past June. The 27-year-old was expected to be back in action in six to nine months. However, MMAJunkie confirmed Monday that Cruz recently had surgery on the same knee after suffering complications from his first procedure.
“The Dominator” will now be riding the pine for another six to 12 months.
“He’s pissed and disappointed,” Cruz’s trainer, Eric Del Fierro, told the website. “But I think he’s doing better now. Once he talked to the doctor and found out what was going on, he felt much better.”
Cruz hasn’t defended his throne since posting a unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson in October 2011. He had surgery on his broken left index finger in January and then went straight into his coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter: Live.”
He was slated to complete his trilogy with Urijah Faber at UFC 148 prior to blowing out his knee. Faber, who was coaching opposite Cruz in the reality show, then dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to Barao for the interim bantamweight crown on July 7th.
Barao was hoping his next fight would be a title unification bout against Cruz, but UFC president Dana White stated last month the blazing Brazilian would likely defend his belt before then. Now we know why.
Cruz owns a dominant 19-1 professional record. The lone blemish on his résumé came in a submission loss to Faber back in March of 2007.
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The UFC Bantamweight division will be put on hold for even longer, as champ Dominick Cruz has undergone a second major knee surgery this past week.
Cruz’s trainer, Eric Del Fierro spoke with MMAJunkie.com about his situation.
“He’s pissed and disappointed, but I think he’s doing better now. Once he talked to the doctor and found out what was going on, he felt much better...
An emotional Dominick Cruz (Pictured) appeared on this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight to address his second knee operation in six months. While many question whether “The Dominator” will ever be the same following his extended hiatus, Cruz will use the experience and successes of Georges St-Pierre’s ACL surgery as a blueprint for his return to glory.
As we all know full well, the Octagon show waits for no man. With reigning UFC bantamweight king Dominick Cruz expected to be sidelined for much of 2013 recovering from his second knee operation in five months, interim 135-pound champ Renan Barao (Pictured) will be forced to defend his manufactured belt prior to Cruz’s return.
UFC president Dana White confirmed Barao will put his...
UFC bantamweight champion trainer, Eric Del Fierro, reveal today that Dominick Cruz underwent a second ACL surgery earlier this week.
Yesterday news surfaced that current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz underwent a second ACL surgery on his knee after his body began rejecting the new ligament. Cruz has not received any offi
With the news coming yesterday that Dominick Cruz would be out of action for an additional 9 months to a year with his body rejecting a cadaver graft to his knee, all eyes turned to UFC bantamweight interim champion Renan Barao, who has been vocal about waiting for his title unification shot. All of that [...]
The rumor mill has been swirling for the past month about Michael McDonald being the next in line for Renan Barao’s Interim Bantamweight Title. On Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” UFC President Dana White confirmed that the match-up will go down.
No date or time was announced, but the fight will more than likely take place in early 2013.
Barao (29-1) was originally wanting...