It’s a hard day for popular former UFC champions.
Dominick Cruz is out of his UFC 219 combat with Jimmie Rivera due to a damaged arm, multiple resources instructed MMA preventing’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday. It remains right away uncertain if the UFC will preserve Rivera on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas.
The bout would possibly have determined the primary name challenger for T.J. Dillashaw, who beat Cody Garbrandt to win the UFC bantamweight identify closing Saturday at UFC 217 in NY.
Cruz, the longtime a hundred thirty five-pound champions, regained the identity from Dillashaw in January 2016 earlier than losing it to Garbrandt closing December. Cruz, 32, has not fought on the grounds that falling to Garbrandt at UFC 207.
Rivera, 28, is on a big role, having won his final 20 fights, along with his first 5 in the UFC. the New Jersey native has no longer lost because 2008, his 2nd profession seasoned bout.
Bantamweight contender John Lineker advised MMA preventing on Wednesday that he would be interested in changing Cruz and going through Rivera at the UFC’s annual 12 months-stop display.
earlier Wednesday, the combat of Brazil reported and MMA preventing showed that Frankie Edgar turned into out of his UFC featherweight identify challenge against champion Max Holloway at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.