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Dominick Cruz Says He Considers Barao vs. McDonald a #1 Contender’s Match

February 15, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Dominick Cruz recently spoke with MMAjunkie about the fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald for the interime bantamweight title this weekend and more. Check out the highlights:

On Barao vs. McDonald: “They’re fighting for the No. 1 contender spot, in my mind. They’re fighting for the chance to fight the champ.”

On being ‘humbled’ by not getting stripped of the title through his injuries: “What are my other options? I’ve got a knee that’s busted. I can’t compete right now, and that breaks my heart. I’m not able to put on a show for the fans, and the fans want to see me back. I know that. I see it every day on Twitter, and I hear it when I go places, and I get that question, when are you coming back? I deal with that question every day.”

On facing either Barao or McDonald in his return fight: “That’s another thing I have to think about. Barao and McDonald, they’re hungry and they’re competing, putting together wins, and they’re doing well for the division. The truth is, though, until they fight me, they haven’t fought the champ. That’s something they have to think about also. I have to get back so I can prove why I’m the champion of the division.”

On his opinion that Barao has the edge in the fight: “I think that’s [Barao’s defense] going to be the difference-maker. He’s also tough to take down, and I think he has a much better chance of taking McDonald down than the other way around.”

On whether he can shake off the ring rust when he returns: “As much as everybody else is thinking about that, I’m thinking about it more. I’m also preparing for it more.”

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