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Dominick Cruz could be granted immediate title shot

Cruz in his last victory against Demitrious Johnson in October 2011. (©GettyImages)
Cruz in his last victory against Demitrious Johnson in October 2011. (©GettyImages).

It seems that Dominick Cruz is more of a TV panellist for the UFC rather than an actual fighter. Cruz, after his Bantamweight title defence against Demitrious Johnson, had the the world at his feet. He was fast becoming one of the most popular fighters in the UFC.

Fast forward two and a half years, we're in a completely different situation. 'The Dominator' has not been saw since he defeated Johnson via decision. It has been an injury-riddled situation for the Alliance MMA stand-out.

Cruz, whilst training for his rubber match with Urijah Faber, tore his ACL. That caused him to have to stop coaching on The Ultimate Fighter, and pull out of the fight with his bitter rival.

Unfortunately we have not seen Cruz since. ACL injuries take a long time to heal. Cruz was set to return in February against Interim Champion Renan Barao, however a groin injury again forced 'The Dominator' to pull out. That was the end of Dana White's patience and he stripped Cruz of the title.

However, it seems that Cruz's chances of gaining an immediate title shot at Brazilian Barao are not impossible.

Recently, UFC President Dana White has said: "I, literally, have heard nothing from Dominick Cruz. I don't know what's going on with him. And I don't think after this much of a layoff it would be right to throw him in there for [a title shot], unless he wants it.

"He was the champ before all this stuff happened to him, and if he wanted to come right back and fight (Barao), then yeah, I'd do it. But Barao is one of those guys - man, I just think Barao is so nasty. I'd fight somebody else. If it was me, personally."

It would be a very good idea for Cruz to have a warm-up fight before he meets Barao. What Cruz thrives on in his fights is his unorthadox footwork, one that he throws strikes for bizarre angles, leaving his opponent baffled. 

I wrote previously on when it was announced that Cruz injured his groin that it was the best thing that could happen - http://www.givemesport.com/417731-injury-best-thing-that-could-have-happened-to-cruz

Cruz certinaly has the ability to bounce back. His 19-1 record includesvictories over now UFC Flyweight Champion Demitrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.

He has too avenged the only loss on his record against Urijah Faber, when Cruz defeated Faber at UFC 132 in a Fight of the Night contest.

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