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.
He also spoke to ESPN, where he revealed he had suffered two torn ligaments in his right shoulder during a sparring session. But he has refused to retire even though he will be sidelined for a year following the surgery.
“It’s basically an ACL of the shoulder,” he said during an interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN. Cruz explained that he tore two ligaments in his right shoulder during sparring for the Lineker fight and that recovery from the surgery will take approximately a year.
He won his UFC title by beating TJ Dillashaw back in January of 2016, eventually losing it to Cody Garbrandt in December 2016.
“It’s just part of my journey,” he added, “and it’s going to be part of my legacy, these injuries.”
“I’m not the greatest bantamweight of all time despite my injuries,” said Cruz. “I’m the greatest bantamweight of all time because of my injuries.”