Dominick Cruz is out of his fight with Urijah Faber.
It was announced today that the bantamweight champion has suffered an ACL injury which will sideline him for several months.
UFC president Dana White also confirmed Cruz’s injury and withdrawal from the Faber fight, which was due to take place on July 7 at UFC 148.
“It's true Cruz blew his ACL. Stay tuned for more info,” White posted. It is not yet known if Faber will be offered a different opponent for the same date.
“I’m bummed people, Thanx 4 the support as I battle this, big sorry to all the fans out there! I WILL recover n I WILL b back 2put on a show!” Cruz posted shortly afterwards.
Of more immediate concern to White and the UFC is whether Cruz stays in his role as coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, currently airing on the FX network.
It is the season’s debut on FX following the recent signing of a deal with FOX and it will be a disaster if Cruz can no longer coach - the show’s viewer numbers have suffered slight but progressive decline as the season has gone on; Cruz’s departure would accelerate that.
Several seasons ago, the UFC faced a similar problem when Tito Ortiz suffered an injury and had to pull out of his coaching role opposite Chuck Liddell. He was replaced on short notice by Rich Franklin and the subsequent pay-per-view fight with Liddell generate much lower revenue than the Ortiz/Liddell match would have.
The Cruz/Faber UFC 148 match was nowhere near that fight in terms of stature or likely PPV sales, but it is still a loss the UFC could do without.