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Bantamweight Champ, Dominick Cruz, Tore his ACL and Must Withdrawal from UFC 148 Fight against Urijah Faber

That’s correct, Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL and can not compete against, opposing TUF 15 coach, Urijah Faber for the Bantamweight title, at UFC 148 on Jul 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dana White confirmed the injury, via Twitter, when he wrote, “It’s true Cruz blew his ACL. Stay tuned for more info,”

This event was scheduled to be a co-main event at UFC 148 which is still headed by Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen.  Cruz and Faber are no strangers to each other in the octagon.  Faber and Cruz first met, in competition, at WEC 26 where Faber submitted Cruz by way of guillotine choke in the first round.  The two met again at UFC 133 where Cruz successfully defended his title by way of decision.

Many unanswered questions loom over the injury, which could likely take 9 months or more to recover from.  While we all wish Cruz a speedy recovery, what should happen to the Bantamweight title until his return?  It looks likely that another interim champ will take the stage.

Casting Set for The Ultimate Fighter

The upcoming new season of The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to air live on FX on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET and the cast is set and ready to go.  The 15th season will be coached by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) and former WEC champion Urijah Faber (26-5).

The shows March 9 premier will televise 32 hopefuls slugging it out in 16 match ups.  The winners of these bouts will then secure a position in the TUF household where they will be airing live for the following 13 weeks.  Earlier seasons of TUF only filmed over a 6 week period, this season, however, will be filmed and aired over a 13 week time frame.  The show will premier on March 9th and conclude, with a three-hour finale, on June 1st.  As always, the winner of the finale will also receive a six figure contract to fight in the UFC.

The other fighters joining the show, according to Sherdog.com, are:

Akbarh Arreola — Chula Vista , Calif.

Al Iaquinta — Wantagh , N.Y.

Ali Maclean — Belfast , North Ireland

Andy Ogle — Tynemouth , England

Austin Lyons — Cordova , Tenn.

Brendan Weafer — New York , N.Y.

Chris Tickle — Bloomington , Ill.

Cody Pfister — Amarillo , Texas

Cristiano Marcello — Curitiba , Brazil

Chase Hackett — Littleton , Colo.

Chris Saunders — Long Beach , Calif.

Dakota Cochrane — Omaha , Neb.

Daron Cruickshank — Wayne , Mich.

Drew Dober — Omaha , Neb.

Erin Beach — San Diego , Calif.

James Krause — Blue Springs , Mo.

James Vick — Fort Worth , Texas

Jared Carlsten — Los Angeles , Calif.

Jeff Smith — Mechanicsburg , Penn.

Jeremy Larsen — Phoenix , Ariz.

Joe Proctor — Pembroke , Mass.

John Cofer — Hull , Ga.

Johnavan Vistante — Pearl City , Hawaii

Jon Tuck, — Hagtna, Guam

Jordan Rinaldi — Matthews, N.C.

Justin Lawrence — Villa Ridge , Mo.

Mark Glover — Liverpool , England

Michael Chiesa — Spokane Valley , Wash.

Myles Jury — San Diego , Calif.

Mike Rio — Miami , Fla.

Sam Sicilia — Spokane Valley , Wash.

Vinc Pichel — Sherman Oaks, Calif.