Dominick Cruz Has Zero Interest in Retiring From MMA
Former WEC and UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has absolutely no interest in retiring from the sport after his recent knee injury. Instead, he fully intends to recover from the torn ACL and make a triumphant return to the Octagon.
Here’s what Cruz had to say when speaking with MMA Fighting:
“Why can’t I do it? Why can’t I come back and be stronger than ever? There’s no question I can do it, in my mind. I truly, truly believe after I get my right knee fixed, it’ll be stronger than it was before. It’s basically like getting two brand new knees.
For me to retire, for me to think about stopping and to not put my head down and do the therapy is absolutely insane to me, because this is what I want to do. It’s another mountain to climb. I’m fully capable of handling this mountain. I have all the tools, I have the age and I have the mindset to handle this.
I still have a job with FOX, I still can be in the gym and help these guys get better, I can still elevate the sport of mixed martial arts, which is my passion. I can still come back and fight and win. I’m not happy about this by any means, but it’s also not going to drop me in a funk. I’m not going to allow it to stop me.”
Dominick Cruz is an impressive 20-1 in his MMA career. His only loss came against his bitter rival Urijah Faber at WEC 26.
Cruz captured the WEC bantamweight title when he defeated Brian Bowles at WEC 47. When ZUFFA absorbed the WEC weight classes into the UFC, they crowned Cruz as the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion. Dominick Cruz would defend his title two times in the UFC, with one of them being against Faber.
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber then coached opposite each other on TUF 15. They were supposed to fight for a third time, but Cruz was forced to pull out of the fight due to his firast torn ACL injury.
Cruz underwent another ACL surgery after his body rejected one from a cadaver, which further delayed his expected return to the Octagon.
Dominick Cruz was finally set to make his return against Renan Barao in a title unification bout at UFC 169. However, Cruz suffered a groin injury and vacated his title, making Barao the official UFC bantamweight champion.
Cruz finally made his long-awaited return after being absent for nearly three years, when he destroyed Takeya Mizugaki by first-round TKO at UFC 178.
The UFC were working on a fight between Dominick Cruz and current champion TJ Dillashaw before he suffered the recent setback.