According to ESPN, UFC bantamweight king Dominick Cruz will finally have his broken left index finger operated on later this week.
The 25-year-old actually suffered the injury while preparing for his WEC 50 title defense against Joseph Benavidez in August, but opted to power through the pain.
“It could be six months, but I’m not planning on six months,” Cruz stated. “I’ll say that it will take me eight weeks to recover and 12 weeks to punch again. [My return] has nothing to do with me being ready. That has to do with the UFC booking cards. I can’t book myself on a card if I’m not ready.
Cruz dons a practically perfect 17-1 record. His sole blemish come in a submission loss to bitter rival Urijah Faber nearly four years back.
Speaking of “The California Kid,” he’ll make his long-awaited big league debut at UFC 128 against Eddie Wineland. Most believe a dominant finish by Faber will pave the way for a blockbuster rematch.
If that’s the case, Cruz is down.
“I want the best guy in the world. If Urijah gets beat in his next fight, then he’s not the best guy in the world,” Cruz added. “But, yes, I’d like to fight Urijah. It’s easier to fight somebody that talks as much as he does and on top of that, the things he’s done in the sport – you have to beat someone like him to make a name for yourself.”