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Dominick Cruz returns against John Lineker at UFC 233

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Former bantamweight king Dominick Cruz hasn't fought since December of 2016.
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Dominick Cruz will finally re-enter the Octagon after 775 days.

The UFC announced on Thursday that the former UFC and WEC bantamweight champion is set to meet Brazilian brawler John Lineker at the UFC 233 pay-per-view card in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 26. Combate first reported the match-up as being in the works.

Cruz (22-2) hasn’t fought since losing the 135-pound belt via unanimous decision to Cody Garbrandt on Dec. 30, 2016. “The Dominator” was scheduled to make a comeback a year later, but was removed from a fight with Jimmie Rivera after suffering an arm fracture.

Lineker (31-8) agreed to replace Cruz against Rivera, but was later pulled from UFC 219 with a tooth infection. “Hands of Stone” competed twice since Cruz’s last bout, defeating Marlon Vera via decision and knocking out Brian Kelleher in May.

UFC 233 will take place at the Honda Center and features Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the flyweight championship in the main event.

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