Dominick Cruz set to undergo surgery after WEC 53, out for 4-6 months

WEC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz will be taking 4-6 months off following his WEC 53 bout with Scott Jorgensen later this month to have surgery on his hand, something that will delay his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Cruz, speaking via, said:

“To be honest, with the timing on this I had a couple options. I went into that fight with Joseph Benavidez with a hurt hand, and I just went ahead and took care of some stuff so it wouldn’t be an issue in the fight, and I had another option after I got done with that fight. The doctors told me you’re going to need surgery, you’re going to need to get it fixed, and you’re going to be out for six months at least.”

“I just did not want to be out that long. I don’t want to be the kind of champion that just sits out over and over and over, so I just decided to tough it out and take another fight and get the surgery right after this fight, and sit on it for a minute after I re-win my belt.”

“That’s exactly what the situation is. It’s one of those things I’ve been putting off, and you always train with things that hurt and you learn in this sport and as you’re growing, and as you’re growing in sports related to MMA, you learn that injuries are part of what you do. You figure out a way to work around them. I’ve been fine through this camp, it hasn’t been an issue. I’ve been able to do everything I need to do to be 100-percent prepared, and now I’m ready to go into this fight and just do what I’ve got to do.”

“After I get the hand surgery, I’ll probably be out for at least four to six months. The type of work they need to do to my hand, that’s what they told me, but I’m a quick recovery type guy so I’m going to go ahead and say four months. That’s really not too bad.”

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