UFC bantamweight Dominick Cruz calls in to Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his shoulder injury that forced him to pull out of his fight against John Lineker. (0:55) Cruz breaks down what happened that caused this injury, saying on the day he signed his agreement for the fight, he threw a right hand during his sparring session and felt a click in shoulder. Cruz says he tore his subscapularis all the way off the bone and tore his supraspinatus 75 percent off the bone. Cruz explains that he will need surgery that will take the tendon and re-attach it with a screw to get it reconnected. (6:30) Cruz explains that he feels “extreme sadness” about the injury and that he “wants to cry,” but says he has been down this road of injuries before and is not going to let it diminish his legacy. Cruz says he is not going to feel sorry for himself for this injury and still wants to contribute to UFC during his recovery. (13:25) Cruz says he plans to have his surgery after the New Year’s card and say he can’t give an estimate on when he will be fully recovered until the surgery is finished and what the doctor tells him. (19:17) Cruz has Helwani detail his story about when he was banned from the UFC and how it connects to his story. (21:13) Cruz says he is the “greatest bantamweight of all time” because of his injuries and says Helwani is the “best journalist in the sport” because of what he went through. Cruz praises Helwani’s journalism for giving MMA fighters a platform to speak their minds. (27:04) Cruz provides his thoughts on the status on the bantamweight division and says he dominated that division before he got injured.
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