Former Champ Dominick Cruz Out of UFC 219 Clash vs. Jimmie Rivera

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 9, 2017


The injury bug has hit Dominick Cruz again, forcing the former bantamweight champ to pull out of a pivotal bout against Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219.

MMAFighting.com was first to report Cruz’s withdrawal, which occurred due to a broken arm. It is currently unclear if Rivera will remain on the card.

UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30 and features a lightweight clash between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barzoa as well as a welterweight showdown pitting Carlos Condit against Neil Magny.

Cruz hasn’t competed since losing the bantamweight crown in a five-round decision to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 last December. That defeat halted a 13-bout winning streak for “The Dominator.”

Rivera, meanwhile, is currently riding a 20-fight winning streak that includes five triumphs in the UFC. Most recently, the Team Tiger Schulmann representative outpointed Thomas Almeida at UFC on Fox 25 on July 22.

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