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MMA Crossfire – Dominick Cruz back on the shelf with ACL injury

After an impressive return to UFC 178 after an almost three-year layoff, former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is back on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to his right knee.

Cruz defeated Takeya Mizugaki in 61 seconds in September, but revealed the latest injury on his Facebook page.

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Cruz said the following:

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.

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Dominick Cruz celebrates after his TKO victory over Takeya Mizugaki. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Cruz had two previous ACL injuries to his left knee and a groin tear. He was expected to fight current champion TJ Dillashaw in 2015, but those plans look to be in serious doubt.
THE CROSSFIRE’S TAKE: How unlucky can one get? Cruz proved before that he can come back and now he’s going to have to do it again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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