Cruz vows to return in 2015

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has sworn that a recent ACL injury will not keep him from the Octagon for more than a few months.

Cruz missed out on three years of fighting due to ACL injuries and subsequent surgeries. He was just making his return, preparing for a fight against TJ Dillashaw, when he was injured.

Cruz said: "I did fine during sparring, I felt outstanding, and then I was drilling during our live session and when I was drilling, I threw a left high kick and my knee slid out, popped, and I knew I did it right away.

"No ACL surgery is quick, obviously, but compared to what I've already been through, it's going to be a quick fix. I'm looking at six to nine months, like the normal ACL repair, and I should be back next year.

"I'm not happy about this by any means, but it's also not going to drop me into a funk, and I'm not going to allow it to stop me."

He added: "I'm still relatively young. I still see myself having five to six years in the sport, regardless of what anybody says, and I do believe I'm going to come back stronger."