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Dominick Cruz is a truly unfortunate case. With very few stars below 155 pounds, the former UFC bantamweight champion has been sorely missed.
After making his mark in the UFC with entertaining title defences against Urijah Faber and future flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, Cruz looked set to become one of the sport’s most dependable champions.
Problems started for him during his coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. Toward the end of the season, he suffered a torn ACL, forcing him to undergo surgery.
The surgery replaced his ACL with one from a cadaver. Unfortunately, Cruz’s body rejected the replacement, setting back his recovery almost an entire year.
Finally set to return against Renan Barao at UFC 169, things were finally looking up for the champion. However, a groin injury further pushed back Cruz’s return, leading him to be stripped of the title.
If anything positive has come out of his injury issues, it is the opportunity he has been given to demonstrate his skills as an analyst on Fox Sports. By all accounts, his ability to break down fights is outstanding and has boosted his popularity amongst the fanbase.