UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has been cleared to box.

Cruz is working his way back from a second knee surgery. He has not fought since 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.


Cruz first went down during training while filming The Ultimate Fighter’s first-ever live season alongside Urijah Faber. After recovering, he was hit with another knee surgery, delaying his return.

Since that time, the UFC has created an interim champion in Renan Barao.