Dominick Cruz out 6-9 months after body rejects cadaver graft

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s trainer Eric Del Fierro today told MMAjunkie.com that Cruz’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was replaced after his body rejected one from a cadaver.

Cruz is in Los Angeles today to meet with a doctor who will give him a timeline for his return, DelFierro said, though he estimated it could set the fighter back another six to nine months.

Cruz underwent corrective surgery in June after tearing his ACL in preparation for a rematch with Urijah Faber. Cruz was forced out of the fight, and Renan Barao went on to beat Faber to claim an interim title at UFC 149.

UFC President Dana White said recently he would offer a fight to Barao, possibly against Michael McDonald, despite the champ’s stated preference to wait for Cruz’s return.

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