UFC Bantamweight Contenders Ravaged by Injury; Raphael Assuncao Joins Dominick Cruz on Sidelines

December 22, 2014
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The UFC’s list of bantamweight contenders on Monday was dealt not one, but two devastating blows.

Shortly after former champion Dominick Cruz revealed that he had suffered another knee injury, Raphael Assuncao, another bantamweight contender, announced that he has also suffered an injury.

Raphael Assuncao WEC 43_5354-750x370“I am devastated (to) inform that my title shot hopes will be even further delayed due (to) broken ankle suffered in training,” Assuncao wrote on Twitter.

Cruz had just made a stunning return at UFC 178 after nearly three years out of action and having his championship stripped. After crushing Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178, he was supposed to be next up for current champion TJ Dillashaw.

SEE ALSO: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki Fight Highlights Video

Assuncao, meanwhile, has patiently bided is time for a shot at the title, winning seven consecutive bouts.

Cruz’s injury likely would have opened the door for either Assuncao or fellow former champ Renan Barao, but now Assuncao is out of the picture for the foreseeable future.

Urijah Faber is Dillashaw’s teammate and the two aren’t all that keen on fighting one another, and Michael McDonald has been out of action with a hand injury since losing to Faber last December.

At this point, Barao may be the last man standing, leaving him as one of the UFC’s only remaining options for Dillashaw’s next title defense.

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  • shakejunt

    dang. this division just lost all of it’s steam.