Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s last title-defense. As fans know, Cruz has been sidelined for health-related reasons with the most serious involving back-to-back ACL tears. Since going down, interim title-holder Renan Barao has established himself as a near-flawless force in the Octagon. At some point, the UFC needs to make a decision about when to remove the “interim” tag from Barao’s belt. Two years is a ridiculously long time to be out regardless of reason and there’s no question Barao, who grew up in poverty, could use the financial boost of being the main man. If Cruz can’t make it back into the cage in the next 4-6 months, he needs to be stripped of his strap despite the unfortunate circumstances dictating the matter.
Though the recent shift in strategy around these parts has been difficult, rest assured the importance of the 5 OZ community hasn’t been forgotten or their plethora of thought-provoking opinions either. From here on out, the 10-Point Must will make a weekly appearance where I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the future of a few fighters to some recently-booked rumbles to the tragic death of Leandro Souza. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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