Although Dominick Cruz’s 2014 campaign is ending on very unfortunate note, the former bantamweight champ has no doubts about his abilities to return to the UFC, and compete with the world’s best fighters.

As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, just a few days ago, Cruz announced that he’s been sidelined with another ACL injury. The knee that’s been injured, however, is not the one that’s already undergone two surgeries. Cruz was forced to sit out for nearly three years due to those injuries, as well as an injured groin he incurred earlier in 2014.

“The Dominator” recently appeared on a media call, and while discussing his future, here is some of what the 29 year-old had to say (quotes via MMA

“Why can’t I do it?” Cruz said. “Why can’t I come back and be stronger than ever? There’s no question I can do it, in my mind.”

“For me to retire, for me to think about stopping and to not put my head down and do the [physical therapy] is absolutely insane to me, because this is what I want to do,” Cruz said.

“It’s another mountain to climb. I’m fully capable of handling this mountain. I have all the tools, I have the age and I have the mindset to handle this.”

Cruz returned to action at UFC 178 in October, and went on to stop Takeya Mizugaki in just 61 seconds. The fighter will reportedly undergo surgery in January to fix his knee, and Cruz hopes to fight again before 2015 is over.

Here’s hoping everything goes according to plan for the all-star bantamweight.