Dominick Cruz will have to wait to defend his title.
Cruz, the UFC’s reigning bantamweight champion who was slated to meet Urijah Faber for the UFC title following their stint on The Ultimate Fighter, had a major setback on his road to recovery. The anterior crcuiate ligament which doctors replaced with that of a cadaver, was rejected by Cruz’s body, as reported by MMAJunkie.com via Cruz’s trainer Eric Del Fierro.
Cruz has been battling the knee injury for the better part of 2012. His second UFC title defense against would be opponent, Urijah Faber, was scrubbed leaving Faber to fight Renan Barao for an interim title shot. Barao won the interim UFC bantamweight title and was expected to meet Cruz at the beginning of 2013. Those plans are now off. Cruz’s doctors expect a 6-9 month recovery. A full fight camp and pending everything goes smooth with his recovery will likely not put Cruz in the cage until the end of 2013. This would be roughly the same amount of time welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre had to take before he defended his title.
Cruz’s last fight was against now flyweight UFC champion, Demetrious Johnson. The two met in October of 2011.