UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will require surgery for a finger injury suffered in the opening round of his successful title defense over Demetrious Johnson this past Saturday at UFC on Versus 6 in Washington, D.C., Cruz confirmed to ESPN.
Cruz outpointed Johnson in a five-round unanimous decision after a back-and-forth fight, despite dislocating and tearing ligaments and tendons in the middle finger of his right hand in the first round.
Cruz underwent surgery for a nearly identical injury on his left hand following his WEC title defense over Scott Jorgensen in December before returning in July to defend the UFC title for the first time over Urijah Faber.
Though the surgery is expected to make the finger stronger, Cruz will likely be sidelined a few more months than usual for recovery, with a timeline similar to his first surgery lining him up for a spring return.
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