Dominick Cruz
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/21/2019
Set to undergo surgery
BantamweightUFC
Out
December 17, 2018
Cruz will undergo shoulder surgery in the near future, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure which will presumably take place in January. Cruz was expected to take on John Lineker at UFC 233, but the event was canceled and then his shoulder injury caused the fight to fall by the wayside. He will require some time off following surgery but could get back in the arena during the summer of 2019 if his recovery goes according to plan.
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Out with injured shoulder
BantamweightUFC
Out
December 12, 2018
Cruz's upcoming fight with John Lineker is off because of a shoulder injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After UFC 233 was cancelled, it was unclear if this bantamweight bout would take place, but it seems that Cruz is unfit to fight and the UFC is scrapping the fight altogether. Cruz has dealt with a number of injuries over the years, and this would've been his first fight in over two years, however his return will be pushed back even further now. It's unclear who, and when, Lineker will fight, but for now, it looks like Cruz will be out of action for some time.
Return fight delayed
BantamweightUFC
Out
December 12, 2018
Cruz will no longer face John Lineker at UFC 233 after the event -- scheduled to take place in Anaheim on Jan. 26 -- has been cancelled, according to a report from Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
ANALYSIS
In addition to the cancellation of the pay-per-view event, a report had surfaced Tuesday from John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com that Cruz's availability would have been in danger anyway due to injury. Cruz is a fighter that has dealt with foot problems throughout most of his career, leading to major delays between competition. The UFC will seemingly try to reschedule this fight for a later day, unless the promotion elects to go in a different direction with Lineker's opponent (or injury forces them to do so).
Returns against John Lineker
BantamweightUFC
Out
December 5, 2018
Cruz (arm) will fight John Lineker on Jan. 26 at UFC 233 in Anaheim, California, Clyde Aidoo of MMA News reports.
ANALYSIS
Unfortunately, we haven't seen Cruz in action since he lost to Cody Garbrandt in a stunner back in December of 2016. The 33-year-old has been hampered by various injuries, including a broken arm that he suffered prior to a fight against Jimmie Rivera that eventually fell by the wayside last November. He will look to return in a big way against one of the top bantamweight fighters in the game, as Lineker is coming off back-to-back wins (over Brian Kelleher and Marlon Vera) and victories in eight of his last nine affairs.
Withdraws from UFC 219 with injury
BantamweightUFC
Out
November 8, 2017
Cruz has withdrawn from his bantamweight fight against Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 due to a broken arm, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is another tough break for the oft-injured 32-year-old. Cruz was looking to bounce back from his title defeat to Cody Garbandt at UFC 207 last December, but his return to the Octagon will have to wait a little while longer. It's unclear if the UFC will keep Rivera on the card at this point.
To face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 27, 2017
Cruz will next face Jimmie Rivera in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This will be Cruz's first fight since he lost a lopsided decision to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 last December. Cruz is one of the most accomplished and technical bantamweights to ever grace the Octagon, but injuries have kept him on the sidelines for the better part of the last few years. The 32-year-old is 22-2 in his career and has never been knocked out in a professional fight. His opponent, Rivera, is on a 20-fight winning streak and has won his last three fights by unanimous decision against the likes of Thomas Almeida, Urijah Faber, and Iuri Alcantara. The two may be far apart in terms of momentum, but it's tough to bet against Cruz, even coming off a loss.