Dominick Cruz Suffers Another ACL Tear
Barely three months after returning in style at UFC 178, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has suffered another ACL tear. Cruz announced the bad news on his facebook page on Monday, saying that he did everything in his power to keep his body healthy. However, he added that the latest injury is beyond his “understanding and control”. Cruz also said that he has no timetable for his recovery but promised that he will come back stronger than ever.
Another ACL Injury
Cruz tore his right ACL during a recent training session and the injury comes a few months after he had just returned to the Octagon after almost three years of absence. It can be recalled that Cruz tore the ACL of his left knee while training for his title defense against Urijah Faber in July of 2012. But his recovery took so long as he re-injured the knee several times after the first surgery. Then after several more surgeries, Cruz finally penned his Octagon return for 2014. However, his return was postponed once again as he suffered a severe quad injury which forced the UFC to strip him of his bantamweight title.
Finally, a healthy Dominick Cruz returned at UFC 178 by defeating Takeya Mizugaki in just 62 seconds, signaling a potential title bout with current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in early 2015. But that bout is now put on hold because of the latest setback suffered by Cruz.
Time To Retire?
Following the news on his latest injury, various camps have been calling for Cruz to hang up his gloves, especially since he now has suffered an ACL tear to both knees. But Cruz was quick to counter those naysayers in a recent conference call with MMAFighting. The Alliance MMA standout said that there is no doubt in his mind that he will come back stronger than ever once his right knee is repaired. He compared it to “getting two brand new knees”. He believes that he has the tools, the age and mindset to go through the process all over again.
Cruz looked down and almost depressed during his first ACL injury. But this time around, he sounds like he already knows what to do. Having gone through the experience of the first injury has given him a more positive outlook this time out.
Cruz is only 29 and he will be scheduled to go under the knife in January of 2015. A typical ACL recovery period is six to nine months and if everything goes well this time, Cruz could be back in December 2015 or even earlier. Dillashaw might have to defend the belt against Renan Barao after the Brazilian defeated Mitch Gagnon at the UFC’s final event of 2014 last week. The winner of that bout could be Cruz’s first opponent once he returns.
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