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Dominick Cruz out of UFC 148 with torn ACL

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Justin M. Bowen

Dominick Cruz speaks to the media during the press conference Thursday, June 30, 2011 at MGM Grand in preparation for UFC 132 Saturday night.

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL, forcing him out of a July 7 matchup with rival Urijah Faber at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news after several reports of the injury surfaced Monday afternoon. White told fans to “stay tuned” through his twitter account for more information.

Cruz was in Las Vegas coaching opposite Faber on the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. It’s uncertain whether he’ll finish filming with the injury.

Their bout, the final chapter in a trilogy of fights, was scheduled as the co-main event of UFC 148.

“Hope he recovers fast,” Faber tweeted. “Sounds like nine months (after) surgery.”

Faber went on to suggest Renan Barao as a replacement to fight him at the Fourth of July weekend card. Barao is supposed to face Ivan Menjivar at the event.

Michael McDonald, who is coming off of a first-round knockout of former WEC champion Miguel Torres, could work as another suitable replacement to face Faber.

The torn ACL continues an unfortunate string of injuries for the once-beaten Cruz, who hasn’t fought since last October because of a broken hand.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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