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A Note to the MMA Media: Please Stop Asking Dominick Cruz When He’s Coming Back

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(“Laid up” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re a UFC champion.) 

According to his website, Dominick Cruz is “a professional mixed martial artist and UFC champion.” However, according to his MMA record, Cruz has been anything but since October of 2011. The ironic thing? Cruz’s website has not been updated since his coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter 15, wherein he suffered the ACL injury that has kept him out of action ever since.

But if you were hoping that Cruz would give us a timetable for his return following his second ACL injury last December, you better think again. And while you’re at it, you should just stop asking Cruz about the issue altogether if you happen to be a member of the MMA media (you know, those people who get fancy lanyards at UFC events), because he will wait until 2020 to return to action if he damn so pleases (via Sherdog radio):

I’m not gonna let media or anybody else push me on a date. ‘Give us a date. That’s all we want. We want a date, Dominick. Give us a date to look at!’ I can’t. I want a date. I don’t have one. I’m listening to my doctors because if I don’t do that, I get hurt again. The focus is ‘pull the reigns down’, pull the reigns on myself. Don’t let myself go in there too soon and just do the work I can with the UFC, with my sponsors, do everything I can on Fuel TV and say to the fans I will be back. I’m coming back. I’m working hard. No date yet but I’ll give it out when I have it. I promise. 

A quick reminder: Cruz has been gone for so long that not only has the UFC crowned an interim champ in his absence, but said champ has already defended his interim belt and is scheduled to defend it a second time in June. While we would normally be opposed to this interim title nonsense, at least in this instance it’s keeping the bantamweight division semi-relevant.

The same can not be said for its true champion as of late.

-J. Jones

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mma4ever- April 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm
Why would u use a cadaver t o begin with ? He'd been better of tearing a strip off the girl on his lefts cracker curtain to wrap up dat bobo
crappiefloper- April 3, 2013 at 7:58 am
Sooooooo...... When's he coming back again?
stak- April 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Barao is not the first interim champ to defend the interim title, Arlovski defended the interim title back in '05 against Eilers.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm
He'd be better off giving up the belt and getting a couple of tune-ups anyway. Who wants to fight Chupacabarao after a two year lay off? Might end up with more zombie tendons.
JayJitsu310- April 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm
He's just going to hold onto that belt as long as possible isn't he. What a joke. Barao is the real Champ, Cruz is a chump.
Alan K- April 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm
I think the difference with Mir, according to UFC thinking anyway, is that they didn't know if Mir was ever going to fight again after his accident. Dana is adamant that Cruz will be back so he won't strip him even though if Barao wins his next fight he will have tied Cruz for most UFC title defenses at 135 yet he's not able to call himself full champion even though he's the only one defending a belt. It's cray-zay.
Fried Taco- April 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm
Afterwards they asked him to sign their breasts "Love, Eddie".
Mr Jeff 1- April 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm
I think a good champion should give up his title, if he is the best he should be able to come get it back. Personally I think Dana should strip him of it. They did it to Mir
jaysenx- April 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Completely irrelevant in the current topic.. but has anyone seen this new russian "game show?" Crazy..
The12ozCurls- April 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm
GSP's hot tub chicks think Dom's broads look skanky. Yikes!