Despite the fact Dominick Cruz hasn’t defended his UFC Bantamweight Championship since October, 2011, Dana White says the promotion doesn’t have plans to strip him of his title as long as his recovery remains on track.
Cruz continues to recover from not one, but two ACL injuries, and as a result, the promotion was forced to introduce an interim title. Renan Barao won the title by handing Urijah Faber a unanimous decision loss last July, and defended the belt in February by submitting Michael McDonald.
The interim champ is scheduled to defend the belt versus Eddie Wineland at UFC 161 on June 15th.
According to MMA Junkie.com, White relayed at a UFC 159 media event that Cruz is “feeling healthy” and that:
“He’s going to keep his title, and when he comes back, he’ll defend it,” noted White. “If he got hurt again, then we’d have to say (we’re stripping you of the belt).”
If things remain on track then, Cruz will return to face the winner of Barao-Wineland later in 2013, perhaps in the fall.
The 27 year-old champion will return to the Octagon armed with a ten fight winning streak that dates back to 2007. Pretty impressive stuff.
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