The UFC bantamweight division became the latest victim of an injury setting the title-picture back after champion Dominick Cruz tore his ACL in training and has had to withdraw from a July defense against rival Urijah Faber. Cruz and Faber are currently coaching on TUF 15 meaning there’s a good chance more details will come to light this Friday night when a new episode airs.
The UFC’s website has confirmed Cruz’s status as well as his removal from the July 7 bout.
As chance would have it, 28-1 contender Renan Barao happens to be scheduled for a scrap on the same card opening the door for a match-up with Faber, possibly even for an interim title depending on how long Cruz is out. No timetable has been mentioned for his return though it is likely he will miss more than six months due to the severity of the injury.
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