isn’t getting any luckier.
The reigning UFC bantamweight champion has suffered a groin tear and willnot be capable to defend his title against interim a hundred thirty five-pound kingRenanBarao at UFC169. Consequently, Cruz will vacate the belt and Barao willbecome the promotion’s official bantamweight champion. TheBrazilian will now defend the strap in opposition to Urijah Faberin the new UFC 169 most important event.
UFC President Dana White announced the news Monday on SportsCenter.UFC 169 takes place on the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., onFeb. 1 and likewise features a featherweight title showdown pittingJoseAldo in opposition to RicardoLamas.
Cruz has not competed since Oct. 1, 2011, when he took a five-roundverdict over DemetriousJohnson in a 135-pound title bout at UFC Dwell 6. A torn ACL,two separate surgical procedures and a prolonged rehabilitation process keptthe Alliance MMA product on the shelf for the following two-plus years.White did not give a timetable for Cruz’s return from his latestsetback.
Faber, meanwhile, has been on a tear since dropping a decision toBarao in an interim title tilt at UFC 149. “The California Kid”went four-0 in 2013, besting IvanMenjivar, ScottJorgensen, IuriAlcantara and MichaelMcDonald. The former World Excessive Cagefighting featherweighttitlist has misplaced his final five title bouts.
Barao efficiently defended the interim crown twice final 12 months,submitting McDonald at UFC on Gas TV 7 earlier than scoring asecond-round technical knockout in opposition to EddieWineland at UFC one hundred sixty five. The 26-year-old Nova Uniao standout isunbeaten in his last 32 skilled appearances, including eightfights under the Zuffa banner.