29-year old former UFC mixed martial arts bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz went under the knife again for the third time in his career to repair an injury. Last week, Cruz had a surgery to repair his knee due a torn ACL and it looks like he will have to rest on fighting for about nine months.
In a recent interview,Dominick Cruz revealed that the surgery went well and he is already familiar with how the healing and rehabilitation process goes. “It went well. Obviously, I have done this more times than I’d like, but I’ve become pretty used to the sequence of events that take place,” he said.
He further admitted that getting back up from an ACL injury will not take less six months. According to his doctors, Dominick Cruz said that he is looking into around nine months of rest, since a typical ACL surgery and rehabilitation takes around six to nine months at the least. “I’m just going to say nine months because that’s what the doctors say. That can be later, or it can be a little bit sooner,” he continued.
The first surgery that Dominick Cruz had was back in 2012 where he tore his ACL in preparation for UFC 148. Unfortunately, his body rejected the cadaver ligament that was used to replace his injured one. So in December of the same year, Cruz had to undergo another surgery to repair the said injury again.
Dominick Cruz was supposed to come back to the octagon in 2014 at UFC 169, but unfortunately, he tore his groin muscle so there was no choice left but to pull him out of the event. MMA fighter Dominick Cruz had no choice but to vacate his title. After almost three years of not being able to play the sport, he had the chance to return spectacularly at UFC 178. He won the Performance of the Night award bonus in the event because he was able to knock Takeya Mizugaki out in the first round. He earned his MMA spot to go against champion T.J. Dillashaw after this event but sadly, he had another injury again. This time, he unfortunately tore the ACL in his other knee.
Today, Cruz has made sure his injury is healing successfully and in a timely manner.
In a recent interview, he revealed, “For this surgery, something that I did for my own well being was I made it where my physical therapist, my doctor and every physical therapist I have now are all talking, all in communication and all on the same page. That was something that never took place in my first two surgeries.”.
He further explained that everybody in his team made sure that the surgery is completely successful so as to avoid the event that happened the first time he went under the knife. “Everybody has been very helpful in making sure that this surgery is completely successful at the highest level the very first time around instead of it failing like the first time. I definitely made sure that everything was – all my I’s were dotted and my T’s were crossed on this surgery to get back in there as soon as possible. My goal is to try to be back by the end of the year,” he added.