In the sport of MMA, having not fought in nearly two years seems like an eternity, and it looks as though Dominick Cruz’s long road back to the Octagon is coming to an end. The UFC Bantamweight Champion, who is recovering from two surgeries to repair his ACL, is reporting that he’s been cleared by his doctor to take his training up a notch.
The 27 year-old “Dominator” announced via Twitter:
Leaving LA now,n doc just cleared me to start boxing(sparring):)-one step at a time!C u wit some new tricks @UFCFanExpo!! #bettereveryday
That’s good news for MMA fans, regardless of whether you’re a Cruz supporter or not, as there’s no doubt that having the champion back will put several interesting bouts in play. Specifically, of course, a fight with interim champ Renan Barao, who’s done a pretty good job filling in as the “man to beat” while Cruz has been out.
Barao is on the sidelines now recovering from torn ligaments in his foot, which pulled him from his UFC 161 bout with Eddie Wineland, but depending on when he’s ready he and Cruz could return at the same time.
Cruz hasn’t fought since October, 2011, when he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson. The former WEC champ’s only other Octagon appearance took place in July, 2011, when he handed rival Urijah Faber a UD defeat.
The renowned fighter had begun the recovery process last November, from his first ACL surgery, when he injured his knee again and was forced to the sidelines once more. Recently, UFC Dana White also reported that Cruz was on track and that he wouldn’t be stripped of his title as a result.