Dominick Cruz underwent another major knee surgery this past week, and it’ll likely further delay his return to the octagon. Recent reports has trainer Eric Del Fierro saying
“Cruz’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was replaced after his body rejected one from a cadaver.”
Estimating another six to nine months before his return
Urijah Faber and Cruz were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 14 and expected to meet in July of last year. Cruz tore the ACL and the bout was called off. Due to the long recovery time and the nature of the injury, an interim title between Faber and Renan Barao took place and Barao came out the victor during UFC 149.
Barao recently mentioned facing off with Michael McDonald early 2013 despite his original statement of waiting for Cruz to return before fighting again.
The UFC is left with the decision to either strip Cruz and make Barao the full champion, or allow Cruz to continue recovering with the belt and have Barao defend his interim bout.
Considering his fighting style and how long he has been injured, I think he's MMA career is going to take a huge hit. I think he will still be top notch but i wouldn't be surprised if is just a former shell of himself from here on out. Sucks, such a talented fighter.
Just think not being able to do hardly any normal training for more than a year because of a knee injury. Heart goes out for him.