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UFC looking to do Dominick Cruz-Urijah Faber III in July

The UFC now has a tentative date/event targeted for the upcoming title-fight between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and fan-favorite Urijah Faber. According to CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the organization is aiming for July 7 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, giving the bout both a major stage to play out on as well as an event far enough away to allow Faber-Cruz to fully prepare after coaching this upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter.

Fertitta confirmed the UFC’s plans via Twitter.

“The California Kid” will be looking to avoid a case of déjà vu when he clashes with Cruz after losing a hard-fought, five-round decision in July allowing rival Cruz to retain his title and even the score at 1-1 a piece. Faber beat Cruz as a featherweight in WEC. The 26-5 Faber submitted Brian Bowles in his only fight since the scrap, his third victory in four outings.

Meanwhile, Cruz will be looking to close the chapter of his life dedicated to Faber by edging him out in their trilogy. The 26-year old champ holds an overall record of 19-1 and hasn’t been beaten in five years.

TUF 15 is set to debut on FX come March 9 and will feature Faber/Cruz serving as the heads of two teams comprised of lightweights/welterweights.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

14 COMMENTS
  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    This should be a good fight. Im going with Cruz again.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    Just watch the previous two, and you’ll be fine. What is this f’n love affair with rematches? Or re-rematches? Enough. Is the UFC that hurting for talent? Stop solely relying on TUF and put some money into better Scouting.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    Oh, and if they do fight…may I suggest they hold it in Saint Lucia?

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  • MCM says:

    Kamakosmo – It’s not re-rematches in this case. Zuffa has a hard on for Faber. They go out of their way to try to get him a belt. No fighter in the history of the sport has gotten more undeserved title shots than Faber. You watch, he’ll lose this one and either fight once more and get another or drop down to 125 lbs and fight for the title.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    As if I have to wait another 5 months to see this. :(

    MCM has it nailed, too. Considering I see Cruz taking this one as well, we’ll see if you’re 100% right in your prediction.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Come on guys its 1 a piece and Faber is prolly the 2nd best in the division and just won the title eliminator. This is a good rematch. Rematches are bullshit sometimes but in the case of bad judging or , like in this case, its 1 win each and the challenger just won against the other contender in a title eliminator it is the fight that should happen. Are you guys for fighters who dont deserve title shots getting one just because he is a fresh face? Im not.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I hate Cruz’ style… Believe me I know it’s effective & unorthodox but to me it’s annoying to watch, so regardless if It’s Faber or another contender after him I just wanna see Cruz get smashed…i have a dream that Cruz gets ko’d right when he was doing one of his drunken monkey lunges to strike and his opponent hits his off switch.

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  • MCM says:

    I’m not for any fighter getting a title shot that doesn’t deserve one. And Faber doesn’t deserve it. Yes he is 1 and 1 with Cruz but he went into a title eliminator fight fresh off the loss to Cruz. Faber’s entire history since losing to Mike Brown the first time has been fight for the title, lose, fight once more, fight for the title again. If he had beaten three guys in between title shots, I could see him getting another crack, but losing a title shot and getting a #1 contender spot is bullshit. It was bullshit when they tried to do it with Lesnar and it’s bull here.
    I personally see Cruz winning again, which won’t matter cause then they’ll just try to make Faber a champ in another division.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    But he won against the other top contender to get the #1. That means he deserves it doesnt it?

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  • MCM says:

    No. I’ve never found single victories to be indicative of deserving title shots. Not for Lesnar, not for Florian, not for Machida, not for Santos, etc.
    Including this match, Faber will have fought for the title 5 times in his last 10 fights and only once has he had to fight twice in a row without a title on the line. Bowles, on the other hand, had to fight three times before getting a rematch. Benavidez had fought and won three times and wasn’t even in consideration for the #1 contender, nor was Jorgensen who had fought and won twice.

    I know you and LP (and others) hate that Randy had so many title shots, but I can justify all but two of those. I don’t see how anyone can justify 3 of Faber’s last 4 title shots.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Zuffas marketing team can justify I’m sure….Sadly your right mcm faber is being spoon fed but it’s only because they hope to make $ and create a draw out of these lighter weight classes… It’s not right but it is business as usual.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He didnt just win once. He lost once but he didnt win once. He has only lost to 3 guys in 6 years and he is 1 a peice with 1 of them. That isnt winning once. He defended his belt 6 times in a row or something. This is a trilogy, he is prolly the 2nd best in the division, he won a title eliminator and you think this is just because its him. No its because of 2 good reasons #1 being its 1 all and a decider, #2 because he earned it by beating the other top contender.

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  • MCM says:

    Who would have thought in an argument over Zuffa matchmaking, MMA-LOGIC would be pro and I would be con.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yeah this isnt right, feels wrong. How bout we forget this ever happened.

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