The UFC is hoping to have Dominick Cruz back in action this summer.
The bantamweight champion has been out of action since his October 2011 defense of the title against Demetrious Johnson. Following the defense he went into a season of The Ultimate Fighter coaching opposite Urijah Faber, and was supposed to fight him when the season finished airing.
But in May 2012 he pulled out with a torn ACL and had to have cadaver tissue implanted. But his body rejected it and in December he had to undergo the process again. This time the cadaver tissue appears to have taken and he is on the road to recovery.
â€śHopefully this summer the kid is back. He is gonna have to get back into training again. If the kid gets hurt again like thatâ€¦ I mean, I wouldnâ€™t know what to do,â€ť White said today.
â€śThe upside for him is FOX loves him too, he does other things and, I donâ€™t know, we will see how this thing plays out. I am hoping that the winner of this fight here [in the UK this weekend] fights him.â€ť
Interim champion Renan Barao defends his belt in London, England on Saturday night against Michael McDonald, who if he wins will become the youngest champion in UFC history.
Assuming nothing goes wrong with Cruz in the near future, a unification fight will take place in the third quarter of this year.