Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL and will not be fighting Urijah Faber at UFC 148. The story was first reported by Phytegurus.com. *update* Dana white has confirmed that Cruz is out.
A standard ACL rehab will take 7 to 9 months and with 3 month training camp, Cruz could be out for a year. There have been certain situations where the athlete has recovered within 4 months. However, even with a fast recovery, Cruz will not be able to recover in time.
Cruz was scheduled to fight Faber at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012. Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen will be the main event. The card is taking place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Faber’s opponent has not been announced. There are two possible fighters that will likely replace Cruz, Renan Barão and Michael McDonald. Renan Barão is unbeaten in his last 29 bouts and has a recent win over Scott Jorgensen. He is also a training partner of the current UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at Nova União. Micheal McDonald is coming off a huge win by beating Miguel Torres in the 1st round. McDonald outstruck Torres with crisp combinations and finished him with an uppercut. McDonald is on a 7 fight win streak with 4 of the fights being in the UFC.
Who do you think will replace Cruz?