UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and Michael McDonald fight this weekend for the interim title at UFC on Fuel TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald, and of course the question came up as to when linear champ Dominick Cruz will fight again. Cruz has been on the bench since late 2011, and two ACL surgeries later he isn’t expected back till the summer at the earliest. While UFC President Dana White hopes he will heal up and be back at 100%, White said he wouldn’t strip him of his title unless forced to do so based on retirement.
UFC President Dana White told MMAJunkie
“If he starts training again and gets another injury that’s going to take him out for a year – and I hate to even say this about the kid since he’s a really good kid – but he should seriously probably look at retiring. But I’m not taking something the title from somebody. The way that it works in the fight business is you beat the man who beat the man. Obviously, though, if he had to retire, then (the interim titleholder) would automatically become the champion.”
“We expect him to come back. Everything is going as well as can be expected, and hopefully he comes back soon. But that’s really all I can say.”