Matchen mellan Dominick Cruz och Urijah Faber blir som tidigare meddelat inte av, det på grund av att Cruz skadat knät och många rykten har spridit sig om detta.
Nu har Dominick gått ut och pratat om detta, för att lägga svart på vitt och helt enkelt förklara läget, så här säger han:
I was in training camp, I had just gotten done with TUF, (The Ultimate Fighter), and I usually get done about 11. I got to practice at 11:30 and I was sparring that day with kickboxing and takedowns and a guy got behind me in a scramble and he went for a trip, the trip, his hips went in on my knee and it just buckled my knee right then and there. I sat out the rest of the round, threw some ice on my knee, it was pretty painful. I was just kind of hoping for the best to be honest. I was hoping and praying that it was nothing crazy because it was a very, very loud pop. I kind of went into denial mode for the rest of that day saying ‘Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine.’ So I took some ibuprofen and that night I went in to get my normal workout in and I go to move around and get my shadowboxing going to warm up and me knee just pops right out. And I just knew right then and there that I needed to go get an MRI and get this checked out because me knee wasn’t stable and it kind of felt like I was walking on ice. I went in and got an MRI that day and got the bad results, the bad news.
Han går som sagt även igenom ryktena om att det skulle vara Ronda Rousey som orsakat skadan:
Just to shut down some rumors that Faber thinks is funny to start and makes jokes about an Olympic bronze medalists and her taking out me knees. To me it’s not really funny, it’s just another way to know, for the world to know why me and Faber don’t get along. I wasn’t training with her at all. I brought her in to help my team on TUF.
Cruz passar även på att be om ursäkt för skadan, han menar på att det är väldigt frustrerande och det inte bara för sig själv utan även för Faber:
Well, you know, he did say that he doesn’t wish that injury on anybody, and I believe that. Nobody wants an injury like this to happen and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody either. To be perfectly honest, I somewhat have to apologize, not just to my fans out there, but to Faber because of this situation taking place. It’s frustrating for him as well so I can understand that. But at the same time, trying to make jokes about it and starting rumors about Ronda Rousey you know, busting my knees, that’s putting questions on her that are not necessary and putting questions on me that are not necessary, with this injury that’s already enough. So he is being very Faber-esque in the situation.
Dominick ser dock ljust på situationen och hoppas komma tillbaka snarast, trots att det är en skada som tar tid att läka. Han meddelar även sina åsikter om matchen för ”interimbältet”:
I want to be training back in four to six months so that I can start to get back on the path of going in there and competing and winning.
It’s never a fun situation when your belt is being split, in a sense. That is never fun. But the good thing is that I know the truth, and so will anybody that gets that interim belt, is that they haven’t fought the real champ, period. Basically, anyone who gets that belt is the number one contender, so that’s fine with me, it is what it is. I’ll be ready to fight in the future and they will challenge me fight for the real belt.