UFC president Dana White had some interesting words concerning one of his fighters recently.
While hyping Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV: Barao vs. McDonald card in England, White was asked for the status of UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
Renan Barao, who will meet Michael McDonald in the main event, is the current interim UFC bantamweight champion, as Cruz has been sidelined since late in 2011 due to two knee injuries.
While White expects Cruz to make a full recovery, he feels another injury could spell the end for “The Dominator.”
We expect him to come back. Everything is going as well as can be expected. If he starts training again and gets another injury, that’s going to take him out for a year. I hate to even say this, but he should seriously probably look at retiring (if that happens).
White added that there are no plans to strip Cruz (19-1) of his title, saying, “The way that it works in the fight business is you beat the man who beat the man. Obviously, if he had to retire, then (Barao or McDonald) would automatically become the champion.”
No target for a return to action for the 27-year-old has been announced by himself, his team or the UFC. His last win was over Demetrious Johnson in October 2011.
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