Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao (blue golves) and Urijah Faber (red gloves) during the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is champing at the bit to get back into action following an injury that forced him out of his trilogy bout against Urijah Faber at UFC 148.
Due to the unfortunate injury, Renan Barao was pegged as a replacement for "The Dominator" and succeeded in defeating "The California Kid" at UFC 149 this past weekend (July 21, 2012) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the process, the Brazilian bomber claimed the promotion's Interim 135-pound title and secured a future showdown against Cruz to unify the belts once he is able to return to action.
Though the constant boos from the "Cowtown" crowd didn't necessarily reflect the actual performance of the two scrappy fighters, Cruz, for one, disagrees with the boo-birds the main event received. Perhaps, the restless crowd wanted more action to make up for the lack of fireworks in the rest of the event's main card.
According to Cruz, the technicality of the fight may have contributed to some of the displeasure from the crowd for the simple fact they probably didn't understand a lot of what was going on.
Speaking to Inside MMA (via MMA Weekly), Dominick gave his thoughts on the title fight between Faber and Barao and why he feels the boo birds rained down and assured fans that once he returns, he will be in full form.
Check it out, after the jump:
"I enjoyed the fight. It was fun to watch. It was very technical. There was a lot that went on in that fight that maybe not a lot of people understood."
Though an exact timetable for his return is uncertain, "The Dominator" is positive he will not lose a single step once he is able to defend his title.
"I'm not going to lose a step. By the time I get back in there to fight, I will have had all the rest I need, all the training I need to be ready for that fight and to just do what I always do... and that's win."
Though I'm sure he would have liked nothing more than to put his rivalry with Faber behind, Cruz will have his hands full with Barao who is looking to solidify his spot as the top 135-pounder in the world.
How about it Maniacs, can Cruz return to full form once he is healed up from his devastating injury? Were the boos, in your eyes, unwarranted for the UFC 149 main event between Barao and Faber?