The Ultimate Fighter 15 begins on March 9 on FX with coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber heading teams of lightweights/welterweights. Then, in July, Cruz will defend his UFC bantamweight title against Faber with both men looking to settle their rivalry.
Faber, a former WEC champion, defeated Cruz earlier in their careers while last year Cruz successfully defended his UFC belt against “The California Kid”, picking up a decision win.
Last night both Cruz and Faber joined Jon Anik for an interview during UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann where “The Dominator” focused on how the fighters will react to being live each week.
“(Being live) is going to bring the heat up on all the guys,” Cruz said. “They know everything is going to be live and that will make them want to perform that much better.”
On the other hand, Faber is excited for both the opportunity to fight Cruz again and try to defeat him in the coaching aspect of TUF.
“I am going to enjoy the process,” Faber said. “I don’t have many enemies, so it is nice to have one for a change (in Cruz). I am not afraid to get into any kind of confrontation, physical or verbal.”
A “real time” format will be used for TUF 15 involving highlights from the previous week and a live fight between the competitors looking to advance to an eventual season crown and six-figure contract.
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