Dominick Cruz has suffered yet another setback after sustaining a shoulder injury in the lead-up to his comeback fight against John Lineker at UFC 233.
Cruz, the former WEC and UFC bantamweight champion, was forced to pull out of the bout and will spend yet more time on the sidelines until he’s fully recovered. ‘The Dominator’ has been riddled with injuries since 2011, fighting just six times in the last seven years. Cruz last fought back in 2016 at UFC 207, where the 33-year-old dropped a unanimous decision to Cody Garbrandt and lost his bantamweight title.
The UFC fan favorite posted a sincere apology to Lineker for pulling out of the fight and wished ‘Hands of Stone’ the best of luck in his next matchup.
“The deep respect I have for you as a human being outside of the octagon is one of the biggest reasons I was honored to have this fight with you,” Cruz posted on Instagram.
“The opportunity would have been a great challenge for me next up in my career.
I regret that I didn’t get the honor of competing against you on our set date.
I appreciate you reaching out authentically from your heart with humility in your kind, powerful words.
Thank you for teaching ME what it looks like to be a whole-hearted inspiring human that looks at the 100,000 foot view, eliminating the self-focus concern that includes only selfish needs and interests.
This is a setback opportunity unfolding that will become part of my legacy.
With nothing but respect for you, I wish you the best in your next matchup and look forward to watching you further compete.”
UFC 233, which was expected to feature Cruz vs. Lineker on the main card, was recently cancelled after the promotion was unable to find a suitable main event. The PPV was expected to take place on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, California.