Dominick Cruz Reveals He Could Be Out For As Long As Eighteen Months

UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz has revealed he could be out for as long as eighteen months as he looks to rehab from the surgery on his ACL and MCL, yet again more bad news for the Las Vegas based promotion.

Cruz, speaking on UFC Tonight, said:

“He’s actually feeling great. You know, he had the surgery on June 6th, a total reconstruction of his ACL and MCL in his left leg. He’s feeling great. He’s saying he’s ahead of schedule right now. Right now, it’s a little too early to say just when he’ll be ready to return. He’s doing the normal physical therapy, right now. This is an injury that could take an athlete nine to maybe 18 months to return to his previous form. So right now, his spirits are high, but he doesn’t want to put any kind of date out as far as when he could return to the Octagon.”

Cruz will sit on the sidelines until early 2013 and awaiting his return will be the winner of bitter rival, Urijah Faber vs. Brazilian stand-out, Renan Barao for the interim title, which goes down at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21st, 2012.

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