Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s two year absence has sparked quite a bit of controversy over how interim titles and injuries should be handled. Many right now consider Renan Barao to be the real champion, despite the fact that a unification bout isn’t slated until 2014 at the earliest.
UFC president Dana White recognizes these issues, and stated that the UFC will likely begin setting definitive time limits in the future.
“We have thought about [setting a time limit for stripping the title], and we will do it,” he said to MMAFighting. “We’re probably going to do that soon.”
He added that his patience with Cruz might stem from the fact that he feels bad for the situation the fighter has found himself in.
“It’s a combination of me feeling really bad for [Cruz], and him being such a good person… Do I think we let it play out too long? Maybe. But if I look at who the champion is, then I say no,” he said. “I feel bad for the kid.”
“He’s training,” White added. “He is very confident that he’s going to be back at the beginning of the year. And I think we’ve made it pretty clear what’s going to happen if he’s not.”