Former Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz Needs Shoulder Surgery, Expects To Be Sidelined For Year
Dominick Cruz was briefly expected to return to Octagon against John Lineker at the now-canceled UFC 233 event. Unfortunately, Cruz was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a shoulder injury in training.
Cruz, 33, is no stranger to long layoffs due to injuries. Recently he spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and revealed that he tore two ligaments in his right shoulder which requires surgery that will sideline him for approximately a year.
”It’s basically an ACL of the shoulder,” Cruz said of his injury.
Some major career-threatening injuries have cost him years of his prime which span from 2011 to 2014 which also cost him his UFC bantamweight title. Before this latest setback, Cruz suffered a broken arm which caused him to pull out of his scheduled bout against Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 in December 2017.
”It’s just part of my journey, and it’s going to be part of my legacy, these injuries.”
‘The Dominator’ won the bantamweight title from TJ Dillashaw in January 2016 but lost it to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 via a unanimous decision back in December of the same year. That defeat marked the first since 2007 when he came up short to Urijah Faber via first-round submission at WEC 26.