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Jimmie Rivera Says Dominick Cruz Is More Injury-Prone Than He Realizes

November 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jimmie Rivera discussed Dominick Cruz’ injury that scratched Cruz from their fight at UFC 219 with MMAjunkie. The highlights are below:

On being concerned about Cruz when he accepted it: “At the beginning I was like, ‘I hope he doesn’t get hurt.’ Then day after day, I forgot about it because I have to focus on getting ready for a fight. I can’t train and have it in the back of my mind – ‘What if he gets hurt?’ I have to train balls to the walls and assume he’s not going to get hurt and we’re going to fight Dec. 30. Now about five weeks out this happens.”

On Cruz’s injury history: “I’m not trying to be a dick about it or anything like that, but he’s out, he’s hurt, and he’s really accident-prone. He always gets hurt; it’s always one thing or another. It comes down to his style of fighting. My coach and I sat down and studied it getting ready for this fight, and it’s not practical. He’s more injury-prone than he realizes with his style of fighting.”

On Cruz: “I have nothing against him. It’s a game, and I know I have to go out there and talk smack on Twitter, but I hope he has a speedy recovery. No one likes to be hurt. It sucks to be hurt, and I’ve