Former UFC bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz is out of UFC 219 showdown with Jimmie Rivera due to a broken arm on Wednesday.
It remains unclear if the UFC keeps Rivera on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani broke the news on Twitter:
Dominick Cruz is out of the UFC 219 fight vs. Jimmie Rivera, sources say. Broken arm. TBD at this time what they’ll do with Rivera.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 9, 2017
Cruz, the longtime 135-pound champion, regained the title from TJ Dillashaw in January 2016 before losing his bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt on December 30.
Rivera won his last 20 fights, including his first five in the UFC. His latest victory was against Thomas Almeida via unanimous decision in July.
Bantamweight contender John Lineker was speaking with MMA fighting; he would be interested in replacing Cruz.
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 9, 2017
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