Despite a two year layoff from the sport, Dominick Cruz somehow managed to beat the ring rust, and defeat T.J. Dillashaw to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title this past weekend.
However, following the fight, Cruz was very visibly limping, leading many fans to assume that he had re-injured his knee. Considering his last knee injury resulted in him losing two years of his career and the championship belt, there were concerns to say the least.
According to Dominick Cruz though, the limping had nothing to do with his knee.
Cruz says that his heel popped in the fifth round of the fight. This was a result of a condition called "plantar fasciitis," an irritation of the foot tendons.
"It's extremely painful," Cruz told reporters. "That's the best way I can put it. That's why I started limping a little bit."
Cruz apparently did not disclose this fact before the fight, because he did not want to make it look like he was making excuses.
"I didn't want to talk about it, because I don't like excuses," Cruz said. "If people are going to ask me, now I have to talk about it."
Luckily, plantar fasciitis is not nearly as severe of a condition as Cruz's previous injuries (which include three ACL surgeries and a groin tear). According to Cruz, it's a common thing among athletes, and will heal.
"It's a normal thing," he said. "It'll heal. It'll be fine."