Coach: Cruz is devastated


Dominick Cruz was ready to return to the UFC after a long injury layoff, but was sidelined again, this time with a groin injury. The injury forced him out of his unification bout with Renan Barao, something which devastated the fighter according to his coach:

"This fight was no different. He was looking sharp. He was doing great. Even prior to taking the fight he was already sparring 100 percent and training 100 percent. Like I said, I can't put my finger on what actually caused this injury."

That, too, is likely small comfort for Cruz. Not only has he now lost his title, he's lost his ability to generate income and carve out a legacy as one of the sport's greats. Del Fierro said this latest injury has been crushing to him.

"Obviously it's devastating to him. All of us that follow the sport, his fans and guys involved in the sport know that all these guys all strive to be a champion in a division. When you lose the belt to an opponent, it's a different feeling. When you lose it to yourself, I can't put in words what he's feeling because I really don't know, but I know he's just devastated. He wanted to go in there and fight Barao and see who the best guy was. It's a huge setback for him. I think he's just analyzing himself, analyzing what's happening and why this happened.

"I can't imagine being in his shoes," Del Fierro lamented. "It's like someone telling you you're not going to work again for the next three months. This is your passion and this is what you love to do. It's gotta be devastating."

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Kneeblock site profile image  

1/15/14 9:57 AM by Kneeblock

I don't think any of these are the case with Dominic based on the injuries he's had. I tend to believe he's just had horrible luck.

elperro site profile image  

1/15/14 3:09 AM by elperro

Speedy recovery, such a workhorse. All the best champ

JoeDavolasRoundhouseKick site profile image  

1/15/14 2:52 AM by JoeDavolasRoundhouseKick

When he gets healthy, he should take as short of camp as possible. Just get in there and get a fight under his belt.

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

1/14/14 11:14 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

I feel awful for the guy. I was really looking forward to that fight. Heal up, Dom!

SpeakSoftly site profile image  

1/14/14 9:56 PM by SpeakSoftly

Alliance is known for the way they bang at pro sparring. I've seen it and it's a fight every round. It's not a place for the weak of heart for sure. Dom is an amazing athlete but only people at the gym would know if the injury was over training. You would hope it's just a string of bad luck and this is the end of it. The man has some of the best footwork in the sport.

Mack Diesel site profile image  

1/14/14 8:42 PM by Mack Diesel

Too tall. Too skinny

shaqitup site profile image  

1/14/14 8:37 PM by shaqitup

It seems like he's had setback after setback, is it just plain bad luck or are they doing something wrong in camp?

JROTT site profile image  

1/14/14 8:22 PM by JROTT

He fights all herky-jerky, if that's how he trains then of course he's gonna get injured!

Kazp306 site profile image  

1/14/14 7:11 PM by Kazp306

It's really too bad.

ABE FROMAN CRE-AMED ME site profile image  

1/14/14 7:05 PM by ABE FROMAN CRE-AMED ME

great post