Cruz blew out his ACL in April of 2012. They shoulda took that title off him the second his first ACL surgery didn’t take in December of 2012. We’re now at the end of 20 fucking 13. And Dominick still has the belt and the bantamweight division is still stuck in a lurch. Will the UFC finally take action? Dana White says ‘probably.’
While White has long said the company wasn’t looking to strip Cruz of the belt, the UFC boss said if the champ can’t keep to that schedule, the winner of UFC 165’s co-feature between current interim champ Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and top contender Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) would likely be granted full champion status.
“The interim champ would become the champ, and then he would defend the title against whoever was next,” White said.
“We’ve never had that conversation with him,” White said. “We’ve said, ‘Listen, when are you coming back?’ The kid has had enough bad things happen to him, and I’m sure is under enough pressure and stress. He hasn’t made a living in two years. That’s how he makes his living, and he hasn’t been able to fight in two years.”
“It’s been two years,” White said. “A lot of people think we’re crazy for holding up the title this long, but it’s a tough thing to do to take a title away from somebody. It’s hard to do.”
Nothing more exciting than an interim title belt quietly becoming a real title belt in between fights. Why the UFC has consistently passed up on the opportunity to do what’s best for the division and put a REAL bantamweight title fight on is beyond me. My bet? Cruz has pictures of Lorenzo Fertitta wearing boxing gloves and fishnets and he’s not afraid to use em.
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