Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was set to face off against Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 169 next month, but a groin injury forced Cruz out of the match up and forced him to give up his title.
Cruz is now left on the sidelines once again waiting for his groin injury to heal, as he watching Barao claim the title and face off against Urijah Faber.
After nearly two years off, Cruz was eager to get back inside of the octagon, so it comes as no surprise that he is upset about another setback. In fact, his coach Eric Del Fierro says that the former champion is “devastated.”
“Obviously it’s devastating to him. All of us that follow the sport, his fans and guys involved in the sport know that all these guys all strive to be a champion in a division. When you lose the belt to an opponent, it’s a different feeling. When you lose it to yourself, I can’t put in words what he’s feeling because I really don’t know, but I know he’s just devastated,” Del Fierro said, via MMA Fighting. “He wanted to go in there and fight Barao and see who the best guy was. It’s a huge setback for him. I think he’s just analyzing himself, analyzing what’s happening and why this happened.
“I can’t imagine being in his shoes. It’s like someone telling you you’re not going to work again for the next three months. This is your passion and this is what you love to do. It’s gotta be devastating.”
There is no timetable for Cruz’s return, but he is hopeful that he will be able to fight again sooner rather than later.
When he finally does return, there will be a bigger chip on his shoulder than ever as he sets out to show the sport he is still the fighter that he was before all of the injuries struck.