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Monday, 05/07/2012, 12:55 pm

Dominick Cruz Injured, Out of UFC 148 Co-Main

By Ryan Busuttil

UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has suffered an ACL injury and is out his UFC 148 title defense against rival Urijah Faber. The news was first broken by and has been confirmed by UFC President, Dana White. White tweeted “It’s true Cruz blew his ACL. Stay tuned for more info”

Cruz-Faber III was expected to serve as the co-main event at UFC 148 on July 7th, with Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen’s rematch for the UFC Middleweight Championship headlining the monster card. Cruz and Faber are currently serving as coaches on the Ultimate Fighter Live. One would imagine that this week’s episode will include more information on Cruz’s injury. It’s currently unknown how long Cruz will be out or if Faber will get a replacement opponent.

Stay tuned to for more updates as we get them.


86 Responses to “Dominick Cruz Injured, Out of UFC 148 Co-Main”

  1. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Gotdamnit! I was ready to see that scrap, and hopefully see The Cali Kid take the strap back. That sucks…

  2. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Damn it! I really liked them as the co-main for Silva vs Sonnen. I guess Faber can fight Bareo for interim belt.

  3. CanILive says:

    this just in… the torn ACL will force Cruz to no longer dance around the ring and actually engage

  4. CanILive says:

    didn’t think it was possible for eddie Munster to get injured

  5. RoyceGracie says:

    Faber vs Barao for interim ! Barao isnt gonna run around in the octagon like Cruz does ..

  6. jbeamazing says:

    better strip him of the strap acl tears can have him out for a year and a half

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Not all all fighters like (GSP) milk an acl injury for all its worth. Cruz will be back in a fraction of time it takes GSP. Unlike GSP cruz actaully defends his title way more than once every year or so. Any bets Faber won’t have to fight bareo. I think Michael Mcdonald would take Faber out.

      • says:

        Yeah thanks Doctor Troll

      • Rondo says:

        @ getridoffitch….STFU you stupid ignorant moron!

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        I bet you one hundred Toys R’us Jeffery dollars Renan Bareo replaces Cruz.

      • Tony55 says:

        Ur a fucking idiot. I’ve been a fighter for 3 years and I tore my acl jan 2011 it took me 9 months before I could train hard again u seem like one of those pussys who never been in a fight or had to overcome injury I’d like to get u in the cage a beat the fuck out of u

        • Tony55 says:

          GET RID OF FITCH (forever)
          That was for u asshole

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          I blew MCL and ACL and was 100% in 3 months and better than ever and that was at 35. Nuh your boy GSP wanted out of Condit fight and needed another year to come up with his full proof plan to AVOID FIGHTING and still steal the win. too bad GSP isn’t a REAL FIGHTER like Diaz bros. I would bet anything Bareo and Mcdonald take out Faber. you guys are real bad calling me names over the net. you are all pussies including the punk so called fighter who noone has ever heard of. Prob took one fight on a reservation for $50 and got his as kicked. ACL is a minor out patient surgery now days (has been since late 80’s) Pro NFL players are back on field playing in 3-4 months

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          not my fault you are a pussy Tony. ACL is a 3-5 month max with proper rehab but you were prob training in back yard or your mommas basement. Anyone in perfect phys condition like GSP should have been back in record time but instead he milks it for a year

        • IGotSomeNastyFoU says:

          9-12 most for a full recovery

        • IGotSomeNastyFoU says:

          9-12 months for a full recovery

        • Andyk says:

          Yo Fitch! An acl is one of the longest injuries to heal GSP is the best fighter in the welterweight division that’s why he’s held the belt so long keeping a guy to the outside and boxing him isn’t avoiding a fight it’s called a strategy dipshit I’ve been fighting long enuf to kno not to mention he fought 5 rounds with koshcheck wit a seperated retna that’s a real fighter not to mention are many different degrees of acl injuries and not to mention the size of the fighter so kno it shit before u start talkin like an expert douchebag

        • Tony55 says:

          Dude I will beat ur fucking ass your real tuff threw words but if I was in ur face u would b pissing ur pants I’d love to run into u somewhere

        • Tony55 says:

          Again that for u GET RID OF FITCH (forever)

        • Santos says:

          Hilarious. I must say I’m with. “get rid of Fitch” on this one.

        • Grappler197 says:

          Get rid I Fitch you are full of shittt. It takes AT LEAST 6 MONTHS for the acl graf to fuse with the bone. Especially at 35. Had the surgery 6 months ago former division one wrestler. Get a life and just admit you want to suck gsp’s shlong and your lashing out at him because your still in the closet you fuckin flamer.

        • Sean Romich says:

          Ur fuccin retarded most acl injuries take an average of 7-9 months

        • Get rid of Fitch (forever) says:

          I know at least 30 people who hav e had ACL. MCL, over the years. A high level athlete should (barring no infections) be able to train in 4-5 months EASY. I was running full speed at 3-4 months and stronger than ever with awesome rehab. NFL football players endure just as much trauma on knees as MMA fighters and its not uncomon to see these guys back on fieild in 5 months. Everyon e is different and if you don’t start rehab day after surgery and keep it up non-stop you will get atrophe and slow down your recovery by months. ACL use to be a big deal back in early 80’s and below before arthroscope. I know a bunch of old guys eveb older than me that had the old time ACL where they open up both sides of knee which added massive trauma and healing time to recovery. When i had my ACL my doctor told me it was one of the worst ACL, MCL. tears he had ever seen. both sides of my ligaments were torn apart and I waited way too long and everything was all balled up in there with massive scarring and 90% of my cartlidge was decstroyed. I was given a 5 big chunks of cartlidge to me by my doctor in a little ziplock baggie. one piece was size of a quarter. what happen was the MRI was almost 2 years old so when he went in there he was expecting to see what was on the old pictures but I had torn it up alot worse. I was on the operating table for close to 6.5 hours and they told me they had to give me more antthesia 2 times. i have had a total 6 knee surgeries but only ACL, MCL once, I have had cartlidge removed a bunch of tyimes and one time I somehow torqued one of my screws sideways in the bone and had to have it reset. Like I said with todays technolgy and how less of an intrusive procedure ACL are now someone (LIKE GSP) in great physical condition should be able to be back training in 3 months no problem.

        • Jordon says:

          Get Rid of Fitch is an idiot. You try and turn every single article into a GSP trash fest for some odd reason. I don’t understand this facination with him, maybe because he beats EVERYBODY handidly? It’s unbelievable how goofy you sound, talking about how he is such a pussy and blah blah blah when he fights everybody they put in front of him and beats them decisively. It isn’t a bar room brawl, it is a sport. GSP fights to his opponents weakness, which is the intelligent way to fight. It would be stupid for him to just go punch for punch with everybody, that wouldn’t even be worth watching. Why do you think he sells the most pay per views and is the biggest draw? Because he is dominant. You sit there and drool over Nick Diaz, god knows why, when it is obvious who would win the GSP vs. Diaz fight. And yeah, you can try to attack me and name call and say that “GSP would hump him to death”, or whatever, but the fact of the matter is GSP is one if not THE best fighter on the planet. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can get over the jaded, me and Nick against the world attitude.

        • jones says:

          hahah toney 55,,,,u aint a fighter bud….u have ben training i womns mma and yoga for 3 years,,dont get confused an think your a fighter…fitch hater is correct acl is minor shit now day …for real men anyways,,your jus a bitch and cant gt a real fight anyways so 9 months u weree sitting around trying find somen to fight you

        • Tony55 says:

          Again another pussy who don’t fight

        • Xaninho says:

          You’re all pussies, I was in an accident and got cut in half, got sown back together by the doctors and was back in the ring competing after 2 months of recovery time…

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          @Xaninho, WEAK SAUCE MAN!!!!!

          You think that’s bad? Chuck Norris farted and my house blew up! All that remained was my severed head…. and my DONG (because that’s important)!!!!! It took a week to recover but now I’m a robot doing porn in the valley making millions of dollars!!!!

        • Xaninho says:

          Oh! I came across a pornflick called Artificial Insemination, directed by Sticky Spielboob. Was that you?

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Idk… Was it a man drilling woman or man drilling man?

        • Xaninho says:

          Robot on woman action haha

        • Lol says:

          Youve been fighting for 3 years? We got a fuckin OG bale tudo fighter over here!

      • k says:

        I’m glad you see things like I do lol

    • jenny says:

      So freakin true. My day is diassapointed i was so looking forward!

  7. STROWS says:

    Faber vs McDonald!!!

  8. Whoa says:

    First thought that came to mind was RENAN BARAO…

    Then again, I doubt Faber wants anything to do with those killers from Nova Uniao

  9. Filthy Rotten Rousey says:

    Was hoping Cruz would pick Faber apart once again
    can’t stand that asshole and yes im talking about his chin
    Pound for Pound biggest douche in MMA

  10. John M says:

    Haha Cruz you little bitch torn ACL, Karma’s a bitch and you deserve that for the complete fucking asshole you are.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Are you serious Cruz is a nice respectable kid compared to that little midget Faber who is a total ego maniac. Faber has gotten more favortism than anyone in UFC other than maybe Kenny Florian.

    • TMoney says:

      Couldn’t of said it better myself John, and SCREW Get Rid Of Fitch f’ing moron faggot homo bitch, get a life

  11. Nick says:

    I heard Ronda Rousey tore his ACL.

  12. Xaninho says:

    Yeah get Renan Barao in against Faber! Faber can use the same crutches he needed after Aldo chopped his legs to pieces.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      Bareo from what I’ve seen, his leg kicks aren’t in the same level as Aldo or Barbosa it maybe I have to watch more of his fights.

      • Xaninho says:

        All the guys from Novo União have great legkicks. But you are right, he does not utilize legkicks as much as Aldo does.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Wait… All three of them train out of the same gym? You’re educating me hardcore today.

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          I think Eduardo Dantes (new Bellator champ at 135) also trains with faber and he is a beast at but wasting his career in Bellator.

        • Xaninho says:

          No not Barboza. But Eduardo Dantas is from Novo União as well Get Rid. And I agree with you about him needing to step up in competition, he’s too good for Bellator already.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Bellator last week was awful. He is wasting his time there unless he wants to pad his record like they are doing with Chandler. Some of those fights seemed last week seemed fixed…

  13. steeler says:

    idk renan barou or micheal mcdonald its so close for me i think probably renen but its very close

  14. Filthy rotten rousey says:

    Faber is nothing more than a geographical marketing ploy for the ufc. he’s a stereo-typical California douche bag. his next reality show should be “the hills”
    Guy says that he chased Cruz from a division. That’s a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black. Did he forget that Jose aldo sent him packing to a more friendly weight class.

    • Xaninho says:

      yeah after fighting Aldo he knew he was never going to be a champ as long as Aldo was there, at least when you fight Cruz for the belt you get home without serious injuries.

  15. Filthy rotten rousey says:

    Faber is nothing more than a cartoon character. His initial verbal attack on Cruz in the TUF gym was obviously scripted to create manufactured personal tension. Any intelligent viewer could have figured that out. Myself watching this became over-run with annoyance at the prosthesis of this verbal altercation

  16. Pancho says:

    Damn this ruins the card! It was packed with good ass fights!

  17. That’s a damn shame. Knees, in general, are fucking worthless… someone needs to come up with a better design.

  18. Eric The Bestia says:

    Dana might be pissed the hell out. Tittle fights getting messed up with Overeem and now Cruz.

  19. KravMaga101 says:

    I tore my ACL 18 months ago and it’s still messed up pretty bad. It can be a bad injury and it’s a part of the body that’s constantly aggravated (especially on your strong arm).

    Everyone’s different though

  20. Filthy rotten rousey says:

    A prerequisite for every number one contender Is to waste a year while in their prime waiting to get ahold of championship belts that are becoming more and more meaningless as time goes on. Johnny Hendricks I’m potentially looking at you

    • Get rid of Fitch (forever) says:

      How many fights has GSP had in last 3 years in his prime? 2 since Hardy which was like years ago. GSP fights less than any UFC champion ever

  21. iv been fighting for years but there aint no proof says:

    Jesus fucking wept, there is some fucking spastics on here. Put you heads together and see if you can pull a brain cell together.
    Cruz and Faber are both nice guys (u know, iv met them both)
    A torn ACL is minor stuff these days, anyone who cant recover within 3/4 months needs to re-evaluate their dedication to the sport, i knowknow, iv done it. And as far as the keyboard octagon warriors go….fuck off back to school you 12 year old soft little shits.

  22. Monkey juice says:

    I tore my acl and I was back driving my cab in 3 months. Gsp is totally milking it.

  23. Brend0magic says:

    Sucks, wanted to see this fight badly.

  24. Monkey juice says:

    Fuck Cruz. He throws 1000 jabs and rides his bike. Fuckin lame fighter. He might have skills but he’s boring as fuck. The jabmaster.

  25. Filthy rotten rousey says:

    Crash your cab into the depths of hell

  26. Flex juice monkey says:

    My cab has already been to America…

  27. Nick says:

    What about micheal McDonald? He would be a good match up for Faber if there’s an interm match. What do u guys think?

  28. Flex juice monkey says:


  29. Damnu says:

    He actually tore it dry humping a life size Ronda rousey doll

  30. A.James says:

    A lot of people talk shit about Cruz but have never seen his battles with Joseph Benavidez. Cruz has also defeated Demetrious Johnson with a broken hand suplexing him multiple times through out the match. Cruz is ill and I wish him a speedy recovery.

  31. Doc9 says:

    An ACL repair works like this… They strip a long piece of your patella tendon off “like slicing cheese” and fold it over on itself several time. That is what they use as a “graft.” It’s a graft, it’s not your new ACL. They then thread that graft tissue through a holes that they drill in your femur and tibia and attach it with screws to each bone. The painstaking part of the recovery is to rebuild yourself from the injury incurred from losing part of your patella tendon and having your bones drilled. The muscles around it atrophy so you have to get back up to speed. But what takes longer is the process that goes on INSIDE. The body attacks the graft as it would a foreign body, and degenerates it, at the same time forming scar tissue from it. It’s a matter of BIOLOGY not rehabilitation at that point and every orthopedic surgeon on the planet agrees that, that process is not complete before 12-18 months. Participating in competitive sports before that time puts you at a great risk of blowing the surgery and does happen often. I’m sure that GSP, one of the SMARTEST fighters in the business knows this and I’m not surprised that he’s taking care of his body the right way.

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