Dominick Cruz Injured … Again, Stripped of Title

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By: Brandon Stubbs, Contributing Writer

The UFC lost another champion Monday bringing the tally to three stars out in the last 30 days. First was George St. Pierre’s retirement, then Anderson Silva’s leg break at the hands of Chris Weidman. This time around it’s the frequently injured bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

According to reports, Cruz will be out again after suffering a torn groin. With this injury, he is forced out of his February 1 bout with interim champion Renan Barao. To make matters worse, he is now forced to to vacate the UFC bantamweight title and must work his way back into belt contention once he’s healthy. The groin tear is another in continuing set backs for Cruz who suffered a torn ACL in May of 2012. During the ACL surgery, his body rejected the cadaver forcing him back under the knife in December of 2012 to have the same surgery and has been out of action since.

UFC President Dana White was very clear when it came Cruz and his champion status.

“It’s getting to the point now where it’s just like, if he can’t fight at the beginning of the year, we’ve got to pull the trigger. It’s been two years. A lot of people think we’re crazy for holding up the title this long, but it’s a tough thing to do to take a title away from somebody. It’s hard to do.”

Looks like that’s exactly what will happen.

With Cruz stripped of the title, interim champ Renan Barao becomes the undisputed UFC Bantamweight champion and he will make his first title defense at UFC 169 against Urijah Faber, a rematch from July 2012 following a Cruz injury. Funny how things work out right?

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