The UFC’s reigning bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has been forced out of UFC 148 after suffering a knee injury in training while working at The Ultimate Fighter Live.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. UFC president Dana White later confirmed the news on Twitter.
Cruz was coaching alongside his teammates from the Alliance Training Center, teaching his team of lightweights on the first ever installment of TUF on FX. According to sources, Cruz suffered an injury to his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
The injury occurred while Cruz was working with his team, while also training for his showdown to Faber on July 7 in Las Vegas.
Cruz being forced out of the bout now leaves Urijah Faber without an opponent for the UFC 148 card, and it’s unclear at this time if there will be a replacement or if Faber will be pulled.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on this breaking news when it becomes available.