Dana White: Further Setbacks May Cost Dominick Cruz His Title

Published on September 11th, 2013 2:02 pm EST

At UFC 165, UFC interim Bantamweight champion Renan Barao will be squaring off against Eddie Wineland in the co-main event.

This will be the third interim Bantamweight title fight since Dominick Cruz was sidelined due to injury. Barao initially defeated Urijah Faber for the interim belt at UFC 149, and followed this up with a successful title defense against Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs McDonald.

There is talk that the winner of Barao/Wineland will square off against the "real" title holder, Dominick Cruz, in early 2014.

Dominick Cruz has been sidelined since October of 2011 after blowing out his knee. Cruz was training for a rubber match fight against Urijah Faber when the injury happened, and he still hasn't returned to the Octagon after suffering numerous setbacks.


Dominick Cruz has stated publicly that he intends to return to action in early 2014, where he would square off against the winner of Barao/Wineland.

According to UFC President Dana White, if Cruz suffers another setback, the promotion will take a serious look at what to do about Cruz and his title.

Translation? If Cruz isn't able to go in early 2014, expect his title to be stripped from him.

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