After a two year absence from the Octagon, UFC Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz is finally making his return to fight the interim champ Renan Barao.
In May of 2012, it was reported that Cruz suffered a torn ACL injury and had to undergo an operation. The first operation resulted in disaster after his body rejected the cadaver, therefore, he was forced to go under the knife for a second time. This double surgery has caused Cruz to be inactive for quite some time.
During Cruz’s inactivity, Renan Barao has been dominating the bantamweight division in the UFC, amassing a total UFC record of 6-0, and capturing the interim bantamweight championship.
Come February 1st at UFC 169, it’s time for the champion to make his return against the interim champion, and Barao is very happy about it.
“I was really happy with the news,” said Barao. “We’re finally getting in there to do the fight that everybody wants to see and find out who’s the real champion. I always wanted it and rooted for his recovery.”
Many feel like this fight is unfair for Cruz, because he hasn’t fought in two years and they’re putting him in with the interim champion for his first fight back. Barrao disagrees.
“I don’t believe that gives me an advantage,” he said. “What gives me an advantage is my training. I will work hard to get there at my best. I’m not counting him out because of the injuries.”