With a two year leave of absence, Dominick Cruz has the MMA world on its toes to see what will happen to his future as the UFC bantamweight champion. Even his boss, UFC president Dana White, is concerned. The big question is whether Dominick Cruz will recover from his injuries in time to face the interim title holder Renan Barao, or if his belt will be taken away.
White described the situation as losing your “lottery ticket.”
“It’s like jumping up and going, ‘Holy s–t, I f—ing won!’ and then, ‘Where did my ticket go? I lost my f—ing ticket?’ and there’s no proof that he had the ticket,” White said too MMAjunkie. “That’s literally what it’s like.”
White is referring to his Cruz’s last scheduled match up, a bout against Urijah Faber on the UFC 148: Silva vs Sonnen 2 card. Cruz was set to receive a percentage of the PPV, which would have been pretty considerable considering Silva was fighting that night.
I’m not kidding you, that’s a f—ing lottery ticket… He might never have the opportunity to make that kind of money again,” White added.
White was also asked if there were any regrets about leaving the championship belt around the waist of Dominick Cruz, despite his two year absence.
“There’s no regret because I like Dominick. It’s almost that I felt so bad for this kid,” White said.