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LL 08-13-2012 10:49 PM

Dominick Cruz isn't going to 145 anytime soon.

Dominick Cruz admits a jump to featherweight might be in his future. But it's not going to come anytime soon.

Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the UFC's bantamweight champion, is on the sidelines for the foreseeable future – though he would like to be back in the first part of 2013.

When he returns from his knee surgery rehab, he has a likely date with Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), the interim titleholder. And while he admits one day moving to 145 pounds might be a necessity, he has plenty of business left to conduct at 135.

"Right now, I can make 135," Cruz recently told Radio ( "I've been cutting weight for so long. It always sucks. It's never fun. Never. There's never an easy time to cut weight."

But just because it "sucks" and isn't easy doesn't mean it's not working for the champion. In fact, Cruz said in some ways, that weight cut is as much a part of fighting for him as making the walk to the octagon.

"What a lot of people don't understand about me is I thrive off that pain," Cruz said. "That's my pre-fight ritual. If I don't cut a large amount of weight, I feel lost. I've fought three or four fights at 155. But my distinct process, (135 is) where my body works the best. I'm happy at 135 right now. Right now, I'm looking at the future of my career at 135. I have a couple more fights before I can start talking about switching weight classes."

Cruz, who turned 27 this past March, said that as he gets older, it may be harder for him to make the cut to bantamweight. And then, he said, he can start thinking about featherweight.

But even if he beats Barao and then continues to clean out the rest of the division, he doesn't see himself getting bored at bantamweight any time soon.

"Is anybody ever really satisfied? I'm far from satisfied, and I always have something to prove to myself and everyone else," Cruz said. "There's always haters and doubters, and I love to prove them wrong. I do this because I love it. I'm fighting for something new every time I go out there. I've fought four times for the belt and I've held the 135-pound title for two years. You can't have too many title (defenses).

"So I'm far from satisfied, and I have a long time left in this sport."

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Love hearing Dom talk like this, he's so hell bent on cementing his legacy as the best Bantamweight of all time, I can't wait for him to come back.

St.Paul Guy 08-13-2012 11:24 PM

During his injury break Barao and McDonald emerged as fresh new contenders. A rubber match with Faber is still feasible and Wineland is improving and has been looking sharp.

We're looking at a couple years worth of fights right there (if he wins them all and that's a big if) and by then more contenders will emerge. I don't like when fans clamor for fighters to move up in weight because they win a bunch of fights. IMO champions should have no obligation to do so.

TheNinja 08-14-2012 02:59 AM

Cruz would Get Smashed by Aldo!!!! He had a hard time with an aging Faber. One leg kick from Aldo and Cruz would be crying. Plus Cruz doesn't even have the power to put any of the little 135ers on thier butts..

Dtwizzy2k5 08-14-2012 08:08 AM

Cruz is a god at 135, no reason for him to move up. He has a legacy to fight for in trying to make sure nobody will ever surpass him as the GOAT bantamweight. Besides, Barao and MacDonald are very good fighters who can definitely give Cruz a run for his money.

HitOrGetHit 08-14-2012 08:45 AM

If Cruz beats Barao and Faber 1 more time he has to be recognized as the best 135er.

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Rauno 08-14-2012 09:56 AM

I literally have never heard anybody talk about Cruz and a move to 145 lbs division. Absolutely no need to do that.

LizaG 08-14-2012 01:18 PM

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Cruz has zero reason to move up, he's the mosr formidable 135lb fighter there is. The lower weightclasses need stars like him, Faber is on a downslide, BW needs a star like Cruz to get the eyes on the 135lb division.

WarCraved 08-14-2012 01:20 PM

Once again, I see myself agreeing with LizaG. :D

Cruz should stay in 135. It would keep the division really interesting. If he left, It'd feel pretty empty.

BOMDC 08-14-2012 02:25 PM

Yeah don't know who would suggest that since Aldo would murder him, I'm sure even he's aware. I honestly don't see him getting by Barao but would love to see him and faber for another 3 rounds.

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