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Cruz Injured, Stripped of Bantamweight Belt

Cruz Injured, Stripped of Bantamweight Belt

Today’s been a bad day if your name is Dominick Cruz. The man who’s held the UFC bantamweight title for two years while sitting on the sidelines recovering from two ACL injuries has once again been bitten by the injury bug – this time it’s his groin – and has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 169 title fight against interim 135-pound champ Renan Barao. And as per Dana White, who made a special appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Cruz is now officially stripped of his championship belt – a move that renders Barao the de facto full-fledged champion of the division.

Cruz’s run as king of the division began back when the WEC was in operation. He won the organization’s 135-pound strap after defeating Brian Bowles via TKO, then went on to defend it twice before the UFC bought the WEC out. The buyout turned Cruz’s WEC title into a UFC title, and in is only two UFC title defenses, the unorthodox striker defeated both Urijah Faber and Demetrious Johnson.

The win over Faber avenged the only loss of Cruz’s career.

Cruz has yet to release a statement, but it goes without saying that this is a devastating turn of events for him. The only other UFC champ to ever be stripped of his belt as a result of injury was Frank Mir, who broke his leg in a motorcycle accident.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    god damn that’s bad news
    poor bastard has had no luck, just hope he gets a title shot when he comes back.

    if he gets to come back

    was really looking forward to that fight

  • raker says:

    I think that this may actually be to Cruz’s benefit. He needs time to heal without the pressure of having to hurry back and defend his belt. He’s also been out 2 years and having him return against a beast like Barao may not actually be the best career move. Let him come back and get a fight or two under his belt before challenging Barao.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    faber vs cruz after faber bum rushes barao and becomes champ.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Ballsy call gunner. I really hope that’s the way it goes.


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