Dominick Cruz has the worst luck of any fighter in mixed-martial-arts today.
Cruz returned after missing three years of his prime due to multiple ACL tears and a groin tear, dominating Takeya Mizugaki in his return bout in September and setting up a potential showdown with current UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw, however that fight will not be happening — not anytime soon, that is.
It was revealed on Monday that Cruz has suffered another ACL tear, this time in his right knee, an injury that will keep him on the shelf for another nine to 12 months.
Cruz posted the following statement today regarding his injury.
“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.”