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"It’s one of those things I’ve been putting off, and you always train with things that hurt and you learn in this sport and as you’re growing, and as you’re growing in sports related to MMA, you learn that injuries are part of what you do. You figure out a way to work around them. I’ve been fine through this camp, it hasn’t been an issue. I’ve been able to do everything I need to do to be 100-percent prepared, and now I’m ready to go into this fight and just do what I’ve got to do. After I get the hand surgery, I’ll probably be out for at least four to six months. The type of work they need to do to my hand, that’s what they told me, but I’m a quick recovery type guy so I’m going to go ahead and say four months. That’s really not too bad."
WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz plans a medical leave of absence that will likely interrupt most of his 2011 fight campaign following his Dec. 16 title defense against Scott Jorgensen in Glendale. The 16-1 "Dominator," whose only loss came to former featherweight Urijah Faber, looks to become the UFC's first 135-pound title holder if he can get by "Young Guns" next week in Arizona. How about it Maniacs, will he "Cruz" to another victory against Jorgensen? Or will his self-imposed vacation be without the division title?