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Injuries have brought Dominick Cruz’s career to a standstill. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Dominick Cruz is not getting any luckier.
The reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title suffered a groin tear and will not be able to defend his crown against interim 135-pound champion Renan Barao at UFC 169. As a result, Cruz will vacate the belt and Barao will become the promotion’s official bantamweight champion. The Brazilian will now defend the strap against Urijah Faber in the new UFC 169 main event.
UFC President Dana White announced the news Jan. 6 on SportsCenter. UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 1 and also includes a featherweight title showdown pitting Jose Aldo against Ricardo Lamas.
Cruz has not competed since Oct. 1, 2011, when he took a five-round verdict over Demetrious Johnson in a 135-pound title bout at UFC Live 6. A torn ACL, two separate surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation process kept the Alliance MMA product on the shelf for the next two-plus years. White did not give a timetable for Cruz’s return from his latest setback.
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By: Jeff SherwoodKnee injuries have threatened to derail Dominick Cruz’s career. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
More than two years have passed since Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz last fought inside the Octagon.
Cruz will return from two reconstructive knee surgeries in the UFC 169 main event on Feb. 1, when he meets interim champion Renan Barao in a unification bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Prior to injury, the 28-year-old Alliance MMA representative had established himself as one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighters. Cruz has not competed since he earned a unanimous verdict over Demetrious Johnson at UFC Live 6 in October 2011.
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