White: Cruz coming back in early 2014


During Tuesday's UFC 165 media conference call, UFC President Dana White revealed said that that Dominick Cruz, who has not competed since October 2011 due to continuing knee injuries, is expected to return to the UFC in early 2014. Should Cruz not be able to return at that point, he would at that point apparently relinquish his title.

“I certainly hope this is the last time we’re doing the interim title,” said White of UFC 165’s Renan Barao-Eddie Wineland interim bantamweight title bout. “We’re expecting his return at the beginning of the year, and if he can’t return at the beginning of the year, then we’re going to have to make a decision.”

For his part, Barao considers himself to the division champion.

"Certainly, Dominick's been out awhile. It's going to be two years now," said Barao. "I mean no disrespect to him, but from the moment I won this belt, and I have defended it once, I've considered myself champion for certain." 

What do you think UG? Who's the champ?

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ugctt_warjimmiller site profile image  

9/11/13 9:36 AM by ugctt_warjimmiller

Barao is such a tough comeback fight after so long. Renan finishes him IMO. I like dom too

Robbied01 site profile image  

9/11/13 9:04 AM by Robbied01

No my fren, he won it against Sylvia and lost It to Frank Mir.

Mark Hunts Pet Monkey site profile image  

9/11/13 8:53 AM by Mark Hunts Pet Monkey

I think he will probably lose due to mega cage rust, but he will rack up a few wins, get the feeling back, and get his belt back sometime in 2015.

Herman Munster site profile image  

9/11/13 7:55 AM by Herman Munster

Not convinced that he will.  He'll probably be stripped.

AndersonSilvasMoney site profile image  

9/11/13 7:52 AM by AndersonSilvasMoney

Going to be interesting to see how bad the ring rust is. Pulling for Barao in this one.

Sinful1 site profile image  

9/11/13 7:50 AM by Sinful1

It's good that Cruz is coming back , Now he can challenge the champ Barao for the tittle.

TuLegit site profile image  

9/11/13 6:24 AM by TuLegit

Barao kills Dominick at this point.

Jonno site profile image  

9/11/13 5:37 AM by Jonno

Renan is a beast who will enter p4p contention sooner rather than later. Dont feel Cruz's footwork will save him and he will will get caught by Barao.

Soul Gravy site profile image  

9/11/13 5:32 AM by Soul Gravy

Cruz who?

Huntsman site profile image  

9/11/13 5:19 AM by Huntsman

If you want to be the champ you gotta beat the champ. I feel bad for Cruz. It's completely out of his control. Must be so frustrating being out that long.