Dominick Cruz Says He's 100 Percent Healthy, Wants His Bantamweight Title Back

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/04/17 01:47PM EDT
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Dominick Cruz is getting his body healthy as he prepares to get his bantamweight title back. The 32-year-old now wants the UFC to give him a shot at whoever wins between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213.

In an interview with The MMA Hour, he said he had to get away from the game for about three or four months after his defeat in the hands of Garbrandt. He said the abuse that he put his body after fighting three different opponents last year was too much.

However, apart from his commitments as a FOX analyst, Cruz is also hard at training. "I shot stem cells into both of my feet, I shot stem cells into my shoulders, just to make sure I take a second and I marinate and heal," he narrated. "Marinate and rest and just let my body get 100 percent."

After his defeat, Cruz is more motivated right now to reclaim his status as the true bantamweight king. But two men stand in his way, Garbrandt and Dillashaw. The San Diego, CA-native already asked UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby about getting first crack at the winner of that fight, but he failed to get a commitment.

However, he insisted that casual fans wouldn't recognize any other name at the 135-pound division outside of him, Garbrandt and Dillashaw. As a FOX analyst, he has also credited the two fighters for their contribution to the sport, or bashed them if necessary.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw are also coaches at The Ultimate Fighter 25, so they are also getting a lot of recognition. For his part, Cruz is the no. 1 contender for the title. "I think that between the three of us, we could probably fight for 10 years and always have a good fight. But realistically, that's the fight that makes sense to me," he added.



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