Dominick Cruz Undergoes ACL Surgery… Again

Dominick Cruz. Photo by James Law.

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s layoff from ACL surgery just got a little longer.

MMA Junkie is reporting that Cruz had to undergo a second surgery to replace his ACL after his body rejected one from a cadaver after the first operation. Cruz will meet with doctors this week to get an estimated timeline for return but it is expected he’ll be out from anywhere between nine months to a year.

Cruz originally underwent ACL surgery after he injured his knee while preparing for his fight with Urijah Faber. During the original surgery, Cruz has his ACL and MCL replaced.

With Cruz out, Renan Barao will now defend his interim bantamweight title instead of waiting on Cruz to return. Barao won the belt when he defeated Urijah Faber at UFC 149.

Cruz was last in action on October 1, 2011 where he defeated Demetrious Johnson. Depending on his rehab, this most recent surgery could result in Cruz being away from the octagon for more than two years.

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