Dominick Cruz Returns; Cynthia Calvillo Booked Against Former Champ at UFC 219

Dominick Cruz Returns; Cynthia Calvillo Booked Against Former Champ at UFC 219”

Ten months after losing his bantamweight championship, Dominick Cruz has agreed to make his return on December 30 at UFC 219, UFC announced on Wednesday.

Rivera, meanwhile, looks to extend his winning streak to 21 straight with a win over Cruz.

Cruz has been out of action since losing the bantamweight title to current champ Cody Garbrandt last December, but now he's ready to make his return while facing one of the top 135-pound contenders in the world. He was forced to relinquish the belt following numerous injuries that ultimately culminated in Cruz competing just once over a 4.5-year span from October 2011 to January 2016.

He'll have no easy comeback against Rivera, who's won all five of his bouts in the UFC, most recently defeating Thomas Almeida at July's UFC on FOX 25 after he beat Faber and Iuri Alcantara by decision.

Cruz is scheduled to face rising contender Jimmie Rivera on the year-ending card, the promotion announced Wednesday evening.

Also added to UFC 219 was a women's strawweight bout between surging Team Alpha Male contender Cynthia Calvillo and former champion Carla Esparza. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Since dropping the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she has gone 2-1, with the loss being a split decision. These are the first two fights announced for the night.

Known for her raw talent and ruthless aggression inside and outside of the Octagon, Calvillo has continued to see success in her professional career. Since her arrival in the UFC, Calvillo has made an absolute splash within the division, with her latest victory coming over Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 113.

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