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UFC champion Dominick Cruz has suffered a groin injury and been stripped of his UFC bantamweight title.
According to USA Today Sports, Cruz, who has been out for more than two years, was set to return next month but is now out due to a groin tear.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury while preparing for his main event bout against Renan Barao, FOX Sports notes.
Cruz has not been in the Octagon since 2011 when he suffered a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery on his ACL. His long layoff was also a factor in UFC deciding to name Barao the undisputed bantamweight champion.
"He got a grade 2 or 3 groin tear, so he's out of the fight again,” said UFC president Dana White. “People have been waiting for this to happen so what we're going to do is this guy's been out over two years so Renan Barao will become the bantamweight champion and Urijah Faber, one of the biggest stars in the UFC, he fought four times in 2013, four impressive straight wins and on everybody's list this year for 'Fighter of the Year' he's going to step in on just three weeks notice and take on Renan Barao."
Cruz cannot be happy about the organization’s decision to take away his title, but he has to focus on his recovery and return only when he is ready, so he does not suffer another setback.