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Return of UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz delayed following second ACL surgery

Bad news for "Dominator" fans. His knee injury from last July continues to haunt him, forcing the 135-pound champ to have a second ACL surgery, one that could bench him for up to nine additional months.

Wave goodbye to Dominick Cruz. You won't be seeing him for awhile.
Wave goodbye to Dominick Cruz. You won't be seeing him for awhile.
Christian Petersen

I'm guessing the dead guy that donated his ligament was not a Dominick Cruz fan.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) earlier this year while training for his UFC 148 title defense against Urijah Faber, was forced to go under the knife yet again after his body rejected the import from a cadaver.

Trainer Eric del Fierro checks in with MMA Junkie:

"He's pissed and disappointed, but I think he's doing better now. Once he talked to the doctor and found out what was going on, he felt much better."

Cruz could miss up to an additional nine months, depending on his recovery.

That means Interim titleholder Renan Pegado, who stepped in for "The Dominator" to quell the uprising of "The California Kid" last July, will undoubtedly be forced compelled to put his substitute strap on the line against the next qualified contender.

Oh hello, Michael McDonald.

The 15-1 "Mayday," undefeated in the UFC at 4-0, is currently riding an eight fight winning streak, one that includes a first round shellacking of former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres. Seems like a fight against "Barao" is a foregone conclusion.

Unless the mixed martial arts (MMA) community has someone else in mind?


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