The last time Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC talked about the status of the promotion’s injured Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, White wasn’t quite sure when he would be able to return to the ring and whether or not he would be able to hold on to the title with rumors persisting that he could be stripped of the tilt due to inaction. During that time, White had mentioned that he would have a meeting with the champion and discuss his return to the ring.
And now, it seems that that meeting is done and the outcome is a good one for the UFC Bantamweight champion, who will get to hold on to his hard earned belt. Speaking about the future of the division, White stated that he had had a talk with Dominick Cruz and the outcome is pleasing for both parties. White mentioned that Cruz is feeling a lot healthier and he is in good shape as well. He added that Cruz has already started training before mentioning that he will be keeping the title and will be defending it when he returns to the UFC Octagon.
And although he couldn’t offer any possible date for the return of the champion to the UFC, White did mention that whenever he calls him up and says he is ready, he will be welcomed back to the promotion.
The 28 year old Cruz has been out of action since October 2011 after his emphatic win over Demetrius Johnson to retain the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Dominick Cruz was scheduled to take on Urijah Faber but he tore and ACL and has been out of action since with Renan Barao stepping in to claim the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship and is dominating the division in his absence.
Greg Jackson, who is the head trainer of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones is not too comfortable with the prospect of his protégé taking on Chael Sonnen for the title at UFC 159 in May and he thinks that the fight could break into an all out war between the two. Jackson is certain not sleeping over the challenge of Sonnen and is not counting him out as a challenger either, in spite of his record of coming up short against champions previously.
Jackson believes the American Gangster is nicknamed so because of a reason and he also thinks that the American isn’t given the credit he is due for being so tough inside the ring. And for one, the American, who has been a former two-time contender for the UFC Middleweight Championship, is sure to agree with the trainer of the Brazilian as he holds himself in a very regard. Jackson stated that he is preparing Jones for an all out war against Chael Sonnen, stating that there are plenty of danger zones when it comes to the American.
He further stated that Chael is a lot tougher than he is given credit for. He mentioned that people think he doesn’t have enough power in his punches but then, he goes out and drops the legendary Anderson Silva. He also mentioned that Jones cannot afford letting Sonnen get over him.
According to Greg Jackson, not many people can live with that ground and pound style of the American and if anyone lets Chael Sonnen get over them, then there is no turning back. He admitted that he must ensure his charge takes him seriously and doesn’t take it easy against him as it could easily backfire on him and he could drop the title.