The upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter debuts in a few weeks with a new “live” format and a batch of potential-laden prospects looking to become the show’s next graduate to achieve stardom inside the Octagon. However, one of the most intriguing aspects of TUF 15 has to do with the intense rivalry between coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
Though both bantamweights are supremely talented neither seems to respect the other, even where ability is concerned. Faber recently elaborated on his mindset regarding Cruz, saying the champion poses little danger in the cage other than when it comes to picking up points and winning a decision.
Unphased by Faber’s remarks, Cruz responded on this weekend’s episode of Inside MMA where he referred to their fight last July, saying, “I’ll always fight him better than he’ll fight me. As much as he wants to talk about being the more dangerous fighter, this and that, the dude was on his heels the entire fight. He didn’t want to come forward. He was countering the whole time (or) looking to counter because he didn’t know when I was going to come or go.”
“There’s a style that he doesn’t understand…that he chooses to say negative things about….because he can’t understand it,” Cruz continued. “What you don’t understand you choose to talk bad about. He’s not gonna beat me. He doesn’t know how. I’m gonna go in there and have my way with him just like I did the last fight.”
TUF 15 debuts on March 9. Though no specific date/event have been attached to the rubber-match between Cruz and Faber it is believed their bout will go down at UFC 148.
Check out Cruz’s complete response to Faber on below:
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