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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.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC