When Will Dominick Cruz Make His Octagon Return?

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Alliance Mixed Martial Arts will play a strong role in this Saturday's UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera card. Three fighters, including main eventer Brandon Vera, will be in action from Los Angeles.

Joining Vera, who faces Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, will be Phil Davis and Phil De Fries. Davis meets Wagner Prado, while De Fries tackles Oli Thompson.

However, while those fights are extremely important, the buzz circulating around the camp concerns UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Since undergoing knee surgery, Cruz has been itching to get back into the Octagon.

Alliance MMA's Eric Del Fierro recently discussed the progress of Cruz in an interview with

"I think ACL repair now is state of the art. I don't expect this to hinder his movement at all," Del Fierro said. "Dominick's strengths are reactive to his opponent, so he fights more on instinct than on any specific movement."

Del Fierro reiterated that Cruz needs to, "be patient and heal correctly. He is a very motivated athlete and knows that rehab is part of the training process to prepare him to come back to fighting."

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