Barao: Cruz plans to fight in Feb of 2014


UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has not fought since late in 2011, due to two AClL surgeries. UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has fought four times since then, but also had to pull out of a bout due to injury, vs. Eddie Wineland at UFC 161 on June 15. That fight has been rescheduled for UFC 165 on September 21 in Toronto, and Barao says he is "100 percent healed."

Cruz flew to Brazil to attend UFC 163 last Saturday, and met with Barao. According to Barao, Cruz will be fighting in Feb of 2014.

"We only exchanged a few words because my English isn’t that good," Renan told MMAFighting.coml. "He told me he’s returning on February. I was really happy to hear that. I hope he can return so we can finally fight."

However, Cruz's head coach said 'The Dominator' not pushing things beyond his doctor's orders.

"It's a guess," Del Fierro told Damon Martin via text message. "There is no date set, hopefully sooner rather than later. Just progressing as doctor allows."

In any case, Barao has something more immediate than Cruz to think about.

"My focus now is on Wineland. He’s a tough dude, has been doing great fights. I’m well-trained and I will set a good strategy to do my best on Sept. 21."

However, Cruz said that Barao "misunderstood due to the language barrier," and that the return is just a goal at the moment.

"Right now I'm doing no weight-bearing training," said Cruz. "That's why I'm just getting cleared to grapple now because grappling would be considered weight-bearing exercises."


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Ip Man 81 site profile image  

8/9/13 4:48 PM by Ip Man 81

Oh boy

McCorkledbyMartialArtsMixed site profile image  

8/9/13 4:45 PM by McCorkledbyMartialArtsMixed

IDK if Dominic "Withered Leg" Cruz can defend his title against Barao.

RJJH site profile image  

8/9/13 4:30 PM by RJJH

this exactly. some people are just too fucking retarded to realize that barao is 5x the fighter that Cruz was, let alone is.

RJJH site profile image  

8/9/13 4:28 PM by RJJH

LOL @ the people in here picking Cruz. Renen is going to push his shit in with ease.

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8/9/13 4:24 PM by mma interpreter


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8/9/13 4:20 PM by Card

Great pic Reed. thanks for sharing.

RockMeAmadeus site profile image  

8/7/13 8:41 PM by RockMeAmadeus

like how aldo kicked TKZ's separated shoulder?typical brazilian.

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8/7/13 8:25 PM by Joeymarvelous

Barao is going to kick that knee so hard it detaches from his leg and bounces off the cage.

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8/7/13 8:12 PM by rharris

Taken last week in Rio De Janeiro!