The last time fans saw former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, he was being pulled off a helpless Takeya Mizugaki a little over a minute into their UFC 178 battle, completing what can only be called one the greatest comeback stories in mixed martial arts history.

I call it this because prior to this win, the last time fight fans saw ‘The Dominator’ compete inside the octagon was all the way back at UFC on Versus 6. That was nearly three years ago.

Since that night, where we witnessed Cruz defend his belt against the now flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, the Alliance MMA product has suffered a series of debilitating injuries, starting with a severe ACL tear while filming The Ultimate Fighter 15 back in 2012, which has kept him out of competition.

The Tucson-born fighter was originally scheduled to make his return against interim title holder Renan Barão in the main event of UFC 169. However, a quad injury suffered in training camp would force Cruz to pull out the title unification bout, resulting in the UFC stripping him of his belt and naming Barão the undisputed champion of the 135-pound division.

Barão would go on to defend his belt once before dropping it to T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173 last May.

And yet after all of this heartbreak, Cruz came back better than ever and reminded everybody why he had been mentioned alongside the names of Jon Jones and Jose Aldo for so many years. It was truly one of the best moments of 2014 as the fans erupted for the returning champion, welcoming back to his kingdom.

But on Monday morning this all came crumbling down as Cruz revealed on Facebook he had suffered yet another ACL injury, this time to right knee.

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.

Cruz was expected to face Dillashaw sometime in Spring 2015. There is still no word on what the timetable for his return is or who Dillashaw’s new opponent will be.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.

  • Kyle Pineapple

    Holy shit God hates Dominick Cruz