White: No plans to strip Cruz of title unless he retires

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has not fought since November of 2011. Although he recently underwent knee surgery, and his return is indefinite, the UFC has no intention of stripping him of his belt.

“If he starts training again and gets another injury that’s going to take him out for a year – and I hate to even say this about the kid since he’s a really good kid – but he should seriously probably look at retiring,” said UFC president Dana White. “But I’m not taking something like [the title] from somebody.”

“If he starts training again and gets another injury that’s going to take him out for a year – and I hate to even say this about the kid since he’s a really good kid – but he should seriously probably look at retiring,” White said. “But I’m not taking something like [the title] from somebody.

“The way that it works in the fight business is you beat the man who beat the man. Obviously, though, if he had to retire, then [the interim titleholder] would automatically become the champion.”

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Meanwhile, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao fights Michael McDonald at UFC on FUEL TV 7 on Saturday in London, England.

White hopes Cruz will be ready to fight thsi summer, against the winner of Saturday’s Barao vs. McDonald interim championship bout.