UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz didn’t waste much time clarifying exactly how he tore his ACL in the wake of rumors – started by rival Urijah Faber – that Strikeforce title-holder Ronda Rousey had hurt him.

According to Cruz, the injury did occur in training but not with Rousey.

“A guy got behind me in a scramble and he went for a trip. The trip, his hips went in on my knee and it just buckled my knee right then and there. I sat out the rest of the round, threw some ice on my knee, it was pretty painful,” explained Cruz on The MMA Hour. “I was just kind of hoping for the best to be honest. I was hoping and praying that it was nothing crazy because it was a very, very loud pop. I kind of went into denial mode for the rest of that day saying ‘Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine.’ So I took some ibuprofen and that night I went in to get my normal workout in and I go to move around and get my shadowboxing going to warm up and my knee just pops right out.”

As far as Faber’s comments linking Rousey to the injury, a less-than pleased Cruz said, “To me it’s not really funny. It’s just another way to know, for the world to know, why me and Faber don’t get along.”

Cruz’s knee injury will force him to sit on the sidelines for at least nine months and has resulted in the creation of an interim belt Faber will fight for in July. No opponent has been named to serve as the bout’s second contender.


MMATraining Take: There isn’t much that can be said other than “damn” and “get well soon”. Kudos to the UFC on acting swiftly and creating an interim title too (though it will mean little if the winner of Faber-??? doesn’t defend it at some point in 2012).