Announced on Monday via his facebook page, Dominick Cruz reported that he has suffered yet another ACL injury. He states:
“It is with great sadness to report I have experienced another ACL injury. This time it’s in the right knee, opposite side of my first and second ACL injuries. Leading up to my last fight in September and after, I have practiced a very careful and methodical training and diet regime to keep my body healthy. Unfortunately, this is beyond my understanding and control. I don’t have a timetable for my return but trust and know I will pour my heart and soul into returning to the Octagon. I want to thank the UFC, my fans and my sponsors ahead of time for your support and prayers. I appreciate you more than you could understand. I don’t have any other facts to share right now. I, along with my camp, respectfully request privacy at this difficult time. Thank You.”
Prior to this ACL injury, Dominick Cruz (20-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) suffered two ACL injuries to his left knee and one groin injury that had the bantamweight out of the octagon for nearly 3 years. Cruz Last fought in September at UFC 178 where he earned a 1st round TKO victory over Takey Mizugaki.
At a conference call today, Dominick Cruz addressed questions about the future of his career and the possibility of retirement:
“For me to retire, for me to think about stopping and to not put my head down and do the [physical therapy] is absolutely insane to me, because this is what I want to do,” Cruz said.
“It’s another mountain to climb. I’m fully capable of handling this mountain. I have all the tools, I have the age and I have the mindset to handle this.”
While we await news of Dominick Cruz’s recovery, #4 bantamweight Raphael Assunção also announced that he is out with a broken ankle. Aside from Alpha Male teammate Urijah Faber at #3 and Michael McDonald at #5, #1 bantamweight Renan Barão may finally get a second shot at TJ Dillashaw in the rematch fans were hoping for in UFC 173. With a recent submission victory over Mitch Gagnon in Fight Night 58, he may be the next bantamweight challenger up to bat.