UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz spoke to Ariel Helwani of mmafighting.com about his torn ACL injury he suffered that caused him to withdraw from his UFC 148 title fight. He also says he will be out action the minimum of 6 months from fighting:
“I was in training camp, I had just gotten done with TUF, (The Ultimate Fighter), and I usually get done about 11. I got to practice at 11:30 and I was sparring that day with kickboxing and takedowns and a guy got behind me in a scramble and he went for a trip, the trip, his hips went in on my knee and it just buckled my knee right then and there.
I sat out the rest of the round, threw some ice on my knee, it was pretty painful. I was just kind of hoping for the best to be honest. I was hoping and praying that it was nothing crazy because it was a very, very loud pop.
I kind of went into denial mode for the rest of that day saying ‘Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine.’ So I took some ibuprofen and that night I went in to get my normal workout in and I go to move around and get my shadowboxing going to warm up and me knee just pops right out.
And I just knew right then and there that I needed to go get an MRI and get this checked out because me knee wasn’t stable and it kind of felt like I was walking on ice. I went in and got an MRI that day and got the bad results, the bad news. I want to be training back in four to six months so that I can start to get back on the path of going in there and competing and winning.”
Urijah Faber will now fight for a interim title at UFC 148 against an opponent yet to be named. Leading candidates to take on Faber are Renan Barao, Michael McDonald and Ivan Menjivar.