Aug 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Urijah Faber fights Yuri Alcantara, not seen, during a UFC Bantamweight match at the TD Garden. Faber won by judges decision. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Dominick Cruz Vacates Title, Barao vs. Faber Headlines UFC 169


 

Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao (blue golves) and Urijah Faber (red gloves) during the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao (blue golves) and Urijah Faber (red gloves) during the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

2014 didn’t start the way Dominick Cruz was hoping for – he is out as the UFC Bantamweight Champion.

The title of champion now solely belongs to Renan Barao, who will now defend his title against the undisputed number one contender, Urijah Faber in the main event of UFC  169.

Cruz, who’s been out for more than two years recovering from an ACL tear, suffered a groin tear, forcing him out of the fight with Barao, which was to unify the title.

There is no word on how long Cruz will be out this time out.

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