Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, will make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) when he collides with power-punching John Lineker at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event, set for Jan. 26, 2019 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The 33 year-old Cruz (22-2) has been out of action for nearly two years, thanks to yet another debilitating injury. His last Octagon appearance resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Cody Garbrandt, who’s since moved on to drop the 135-pound strap to reigning division kingpin, TJ Dillashaw.
As for Lineker (31-8), he came up empty to the aforementioned Dillashaw after abandoning his post at 125 pounds. Since then, “Hands of Stone” has racked up back-to-back wins over Marlon Vera and Brian Kelleher, the latter of which ended by devastating knockout.
As of this writing, UFC 233 is still without a main event; however, the flyweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw is currently slotted to co-headline. Elsewhere on the card, Ben Askren makes his UFC debut opposite Robbie Lawler.