Last month, UFC president Dana White said he was going to have a chat with injured bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (pictured) regarding his never-ending road to recovery.
White wasn’t planning on stripping Cruz of his title, but wanted to get a better understand of when his 135-pound king was hoping to return to action from knee surgery.
It appears their meeting went very well and White is pleased with Cruz’s progress.
“We had a great conversation with Dominick,” White shared Thursday. “He’s good, he’s feeling healthy and he’s training again. He’s going to keep his title and when he comes back, he’ll defend it.”
“If he gets hurt again, then we’d have to say [he’s getting stripped of his belt].”
Cruz hasn’t defended his throne since posting a unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson in October 2011. He had his broken left index finger operated on in January 2012 and then went straight into his coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter: Live.”
He was slated to complete his trilogy with Urijah Faber at UFC 148 prior to blowing out his knee. Faber, who was coaching opposite Cruz in the reality show, then dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to Renan Barao for the interim bantamweight crown in July.
Barao was hoping his next scrap would be a title unification bout against Cruz, but “The Dominator” and his surgically repaired knee weren’t ready to return. Barao then successfully defended his manufactured belt against Michael McDonald, and will look to do the same against Eddie Wineland at UFC 161.
Cruz owns a dominant 19-1 professional record. The lone blemish on his résumé came in a submission loss to Faber back in March of 2007. The 27-year-old was expected to miss most of 2013 after undergoing a second knee operation late last year.