Cruz has had the worst career luck of anyone. He was 26 years old, had a 19-1 record, and was considered one of the best fighters in the sport as bantamweight champion and having made four successful title defenses. He was set for a title defense against Urijah Faber on the July 2012 show coming off Ultimate Fighter when he tore his ACL a few weeks before the fight. Besides an injury that required major surgery, missing that date cost him millions. Faber vs. Cruz was part of a show with Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen. That show did 925,000 buys, and if you had loaded it with another title match, it would have probably topped 1 million. Cruz had a percentage, and we’re talking his cut would have been way into the seven figures, basically the kind of money that bantamweights aren’t’ going to make. He then blew out his knee again, and suffered a groin injury, and it will be three years since his last fight if he gets through camp and can take the Mizugaki fight. If Cruz wins, he’d be likely to face ether Faber or the winner of T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao.
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