Dominick Cruz Provides Timeline For Long Awaited, UFC Return
By FCF Staff
After being sidelined with injuries for over three years, Dominick Cruz is reporting he’s healthy and ready to return to the Octagon.
The former bantamweight champ has not competed now since December, 2o16, when he lost the 135 title to Cody Gabrandt at UFC 207. The 34-year-old has battled injuries since 2011, but most recently Cruz was sidelined as a result of shoulder surgery.
“Within the next six months,” Cruz said, while talking about a timeline for his return. “I’m healthy. This year, I will fight as long as everything stays in line like it has, and I learned that a lot of what was stopping me has just been keeping focused on the now and not worrying about things you can’t control.”
And in terms of an opponent? Cruz relayed that he’s hoping to fight current bantamweight champ, Henry Cejudo.
“Well, I’m kind of in a Diaz situation, Nate Diaz situation, where I’m like, ‘You got Henry Cejudo calling me out, why would I want to fight anybody else?” Cruz said.” “He’s the title holder, he’s got an Olympic title and thinks he’s a ’25-pound and ’35-pound champion. That’s the guy to beat, and he wants to say that he’s the GOAT; you’ve got to beat me, bro. It’s plain, simple, period.”
Cejudo, who is also coming off shoulder surgery, hasn’t fought since last June when he stopped Marlon Moraes.