Dominick Cruz Targets Late 2018 Bout after Lengthy Recovery from Broken Arm

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Former
Ultimate Fighting Championship
bantamweight champion Dominick
Cruz
is hopeful he’ll be ready to fight again at the end of
year after another injury setback.

“The Dominator” has not fought since losing the bantamweight title
to Cody
Garbrandt
back at UFC 207 in December 2016. The 33 year-old was
scheduled to meet Jimmie
Rivera
at UFC 219, although he had to withdraw from the fight
after suffering a broken his arm in training.

Cruz appeared on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” and talked
about the status of his latest injury and his potential return to
the Octagon:

“I go see the doctor on Thursday. I should get cleared, and then
we’ll have a good case for myself to get back in there as soon as
possible. I’m trying to get back in there before the end of the
year [2018].”

Cruz was asked by host Ariel Helwani if he had any potential
opponents in mind for his return, with the veteran stating he’s
eyeing a top-5 ranked opponent:

“I like anybody in the top-5 right now. After the amount of time
that I’ve been out, I just want to come back [and] face somebody in
the top-5 … get a win going and then I want to fight for the belt …
That’s kind of what needs to happen. I’m in line, right there …
Both [potential] belt-holders (Cody Garbrandt and T.J.
Dillashaw
) understand that if they want a fight that’s going to
bring eyes to the television… It’s going to be a fight against me
in the 135-pound division.”

“I think that [Marlon] Moraes is up there. I think there’s a couple
guys… It’s just a matter of when the doctor clears me and when I’m
ready to fight. I’m trying to be back before the end of the year… I
haven’t been cleared by the doctor, so I’m trying to just listen to
the doctor on this one so I don’t postpone my comeback.”

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