UFC Quick Quote: Sidelined bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz not worrying about the belt

Ethan Miller

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz understands that he may be making UFC executive impatient. He's hoping to return to the Octagon as soon as physically possible.

"I can't worry about the belt. It's really not my position to decide whether I keep it because I've been injured or whether Dana takes it or whether Barao has it. The belt is there. The bottom line is me getting healthy so I can go out there and do what I do best which is prove why I am where I am today. I'm not here by accident. I work hard to be there I'm at and I'm working hard in therapy to make sure I return to form as soon as possible. That's the goal. It's been a very tedious, tough process.... Nobody wants to wait including me. I don't want to have to wait but I don't really have a choice at this point other than to take my time and come back strong."{

-- Dominick Cruz knows that if he doesn't return to the Octagon, he'll have his title taken away. But according to a recent interview with MMA Prime, the only thing that matters to him right now is getting healthy and returning to his tip0top form. If that means he ends up getting stripped of the title, so be it. Cruz has dealt with multiple setbacks while recovering from a knee injury suffered on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 15. "The Dominator" is hoping to come back strong, but he won't do it at the expense of his recovery. Smart move?

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