Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has had a career plagued with injuries. These injuries have resulted in him not fighting since December 30, 2016, at UFC 207 where he lost his title in dominant fashion against then prospect Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt.
But now former champion Cruz has again struck bad luck as he has now pulled out of his fight against Josh Linekar at UFC 233 that was supposed to take place on January 26, 2019, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Cruz sent out a heartful message to Josh Linekar on Instagram:
“The deep respect I have for you as a human being outside of the octagon is one of the biggest reasons I was honoured to have this fight with you.” Cruz wrote.
“The opportunity would have been a great challenge for me next up in my career.
“I regret that I didn’t get the honour of competing against you on our set date,” he continued. “I appreciate you reaching out authentically from your heart with humility in your kind, powerful words. Thank you for teaching ME what it looks like to be a whole-hearted inspiring human that looks at the 100,000-foot view, eliminating the self-focus concern that includes only selfish needs and interests. This is a setback opportunity unfolding that will become part of my legacy. With nothing but respect for you, I wish you the best in your next matchup and look forward to watching you further compete.”
Linekar has been on a roll, as he is on a two-fight winning streak and has won eight of his previous nine fights with his sole loss during that stretch coming to current UFC bantamweight champion T.J Dillashaw who is moving down to fight Henry Cejudo in Brooklyn. “Hands of Stone” competed twice since Cruz’s last bout, defeating Marlon Vera via decision and knocking out Brian Kelleher in May.