Article By Michael Pepper
UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz has revealed that he doesnâ€™t consider interim title holder at 135 pounds, Renan Barao to be a true champion despite the serious injury thatâ€™s left him on the shelf for around eighteen months, adding he needs to fight him first to legitimise any position.
Speaking via UFC.com, Cruz said:
â€œI tip my hat to Barao for a great performance that night, and I take nothing from him, but until he fights me, heâ€™s not the true champion. Thatâ€™s just the way it is, and everybody knows that. Iâ€™m not taking away from the performance that he had, but that was for the number one contender spot; that wasnâ€™t for the championship. Heâ€™s done a good job to get there, but when he fights me, heâ€™ll get to see what itâ€™s like to fight for a championship belt. All I can do is sit back and wait â€“ get my knee better, perfect what Iâ€™m doing, and stay mentally sharp. Him beating that guy that he beat, it was good for the division. Out with the old, in with the new.â€
Cruz will now be on the sidelines until early 2013 and was forced to watch his bitter rival, Urijah Faber compete for an interim title at UFC 149 on July 21st in Calgary, Alberta, Canada against Brazilian stand-out, Renan Barao. The Brazilian came out on top and itâ€™s yet to be seen whether heâ€™ll defend his title in the meantime or not. Stay tuned to MMABay for more on this and more as we get it.