Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) waited long enough after his first couple of injuries, but it had no choice but to unfortunately strip Dominick Cruz of his Bantamwieght title after he was forced to withdraw from his UFC 169 title unification fight against interim champ Renan Barao at UFC 169 on Feb. 1, 2014.
The news (read about it here) is just the latest string of bad luck for "The Dominator," who has been sidelined for more than two years because of a torn ACL, which has required more than one surgery to repair. This time, a torn groin is to blame for Cruz's absence in Newark, New Jersey.
White then announced that Barao will now be known as the official 135-pound champion after defending the interim title twice. In addition, White confirmed that Urijah Faber will step in to fill the void and challenge Barao on just three weeks notice.
The new UFC 169 main event will serve as a rematch of their UFC 149 title fight, which saw Barao defeat "The California Kid" via unanimous decision to earn the interim crown.
Since that time, Faber has won four straight -- all in 2013 -- which includes stoppage victories over Scott Jorgensen and most recently Michael McDonald at UFC on Fox 9.
As for Cruz, the future seems a bit unclear following his latest injury and it will be interesting to see if he indeed returns to the Octagon to reclaim his 135-pound title.