UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz left Urijah Faber stunned last week on TUF 15 by deferring to “The California Kid” when it came time to pick an opponent for Cruz’s #1 selection in the season’s draft, Justin Lawrence. This week it was Lawrence who rocked Team Faber by rendering highly-touted veteran Cristiano Marcello into a puddle of goo thanks to a well-placed strike.
The finish came a few minutes into the second round of their bout with the first frame essentially allowing each man to feel the other out. Lawrence, who holds a 3-0 record professionally, said after the fight he felt pressure being Cruz’s first pick but admitted he’d have to get used to the sensation if hoping to one day be UFC champion.
Next week’s live fight will involve Myles Jury (Cruz) and Al Iaquinta (Faber).
Last night’s episode also featured a the beginning of the annual prank wars with Cruz’s Chris Tickle taking the first shot, ripping out the sign for Faber’s parking spot and planting it inside the training center. Team Faber fired back by doctoring a large picture of Cruz hanging on the gym’s to resemble Eddie Munster with Cruz’s team retaliating by creating a makeshift thong for the blown-up butt-chin on Faber’s poster.
Cruz’s Team: Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vinc Pichel, Chris Tickle, Jeremy Larsen
Faber’s Team: Al Iaquinta, Cristiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, Chris Saunders
Team Records: Cruz 2, Faber 0
Advancing to Semifinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello
Next Week’s Fight: Myles Jury vs. Al Iaquinta
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC