Dominick Cruz chokes back tears, ‘guarantees’ return

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was a guest recently on UFC Tonight and discussed reinjuring his knee, which required a second surgery.

“I was doing everything I was allowed to do,” said Cruz. “I was on a good comeback. I was right on schedule according to the doctors… I was training and I found out the hard waa that a cadaver tendon wasn’t as strong as it shoukd have beeen. It didn’t take to my body the way it should have – it got weak, and then the cadaver tendon failed.

“I was in my brace when the injury occured.”

“I was going in with a guy I was training with many times. And we were moving, we were doing 50% movement drills with each other where basically working with each other shadow boxing. And on the mat that I was on, with my brace, I don’t know man, I was moving, and I went to hit a pivot, and the tissue just popped.”

“I had some thoughts like, ‘no way this happened just moving’, because I’ve done so much more than that in PT with my PT guy. I was shocked that it happened and it just popped.”

“I’m having my few days of crybaby time per-se. I’ve allowed myself to be mad and be sad, you know, you go through the, ‘why me stage?’ What’s the point, you know?”

“If the fans can know how much it helps me, they’ll know right now. Thank you guys so much. I do this for you guys. I’m in a hurt spot right now, and the love that I get from the fans right now is really keeping me up and keeping me optimistic,”

“My glass is half full right now because the fans have my back. They want to see me back and that means everything to me. This is the toughest thing that I have been through. And I’m completely heartbroken to let down the people who wanted to see me fight, to let down the UFC and to let down anyone in the Bantamweight division. I’ll be back. I’m not done. That’s a promise, a guarantee.”