Dominick Cruz has revealed that he's suffered another ACL injury - scrapping his fight with champion, TJ Dillashaw.
The former champ had only just returned to beat Takeya Mizugaki and secure himself a shot at his the title he had to forfeit.
Now in a short, but emotional, Facebook post, Cruz has revealed that he's on sidelines once more.
No projected return date just yet
After nearly three years out due to problems with his left ACL, Cruz revealed that the injury he's sustained is now on the other side.
"It is with great sadness to report I have experienced another ACL injury. This time it’s in the right knee, opposite side of my first and second ACL injuries. Leading up to my last fight in September and after, I have practiced a very careful and methodical training and diet regime to keep my body healthy."
"Unfortunately, this is beyond my understanding and control. I don’t have a timetable for my return but trust and know I will pour my heart and soul into returning to the Octagon."
"I want to thank the UFC, my fans and my sponsors ahead of time for your support and prayers. I appreciate you more than you could understand. I don’t have any other facts to share right now. I, along with my camp, respectfully request privacy at this difficult time. Thank You." He finished.
A big blow to 2015 already
Just when the UFC looked to be past one of the worst years for injured fighters, the curse that has pestered them all year reared it's ugly head once more.
It leaves the UFC likely having to go back to Dillashaw-Barao II, which while still an exciting clash, it doesn't have the same lustre as Dillashaw-Cruz.
Dillashaw's style is very clearly influenced by Cruz's and the clash between the two had a master and apprentice feel to it.
Now that's on the scrap heap and with the other knee to worry about - the UFC might just have Cruz fight once again before getting a title shot, just to play it safe.
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