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Dominick Cruz out of UFC 148 fight with Urijah Faber due to torn ACL

Dominick Cruz helped boost his stock by serving as a coach on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter 15 where he’s faced off against rival Urijah Faber. Unfortunately he won’t be able to capitalize on his increased profile, at least at any point in the immediate future.

According to the UFC’s website, as well as Cruz via Twitter, “The Dominator” tore his ACL while training for an upcoming title-defense against Faber at UFC 148 and has been forced to pull out of the July 7 event as a result. It is still too early to know exactly when he’ll be returning to the ring but based on the injury it will likely be a number of months if not longer.

Cruz-Faber was set to mark the third fight between the two after splitting their first two meetings. Cruz defended his belt against “The California Kid” last year in a very close decision.

No word has surfaced in terms of how the UFC will handle Faber though 135-pound stud Renan Barao is already scheduled for action at the same card Cruz was set to compete at.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Does Cruz finish coaching TUF? & how long does an acl tear side line you for? Are we looking at another interim belt here?

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    ACL tear is what sidelined GSP pretty sure.

    Looking at 9 to 12 months for full recovery. Prolly out until summer next year. Too bad as I was hoping to see him shut Faber up again.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I really wanted to see this rematch. (Aside from the guarantee of an intense fight, just getting this shit over and done with would be nice.)

    Faber said on Twitter he’d like to fight Renan Barao. I’d be down with that.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    This is a chance for faber to beat someone the beat cruz after a long lay off and be champ.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    If the UFC doesn’t book Barao-Faber I will personally put a bag of flaming poop on Joe Silva’s doorstep.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    Can we all hold you to that Brendhan??? If this fioght does not happen (and I am now hoping it does not), pics…or GTFO!!

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    It wouldn’t happen..but I’ve had a dream fight in mind of Faber vs Guida forever.. I know wrong weight classes and everything, but it’d still be cool. Whoever they do chose for Faber to fight, they’d lose the hype that they had for the co-main event, but since Silva vs Chael 2 is the main event, I don’t think that’ll hurt it to much.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Clay Guida by the way..just wanted to clear that up

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