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Dominick Cruz: “(Urijah Faber) will always be a number one contender…”

Dominick Cruz: “(Urijah Faber) will always be a number one contender…”

UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz hasn’t crossed paths with rival Urijah Faber in a competitive sense since the two served as coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 15. However, Faber has never been far from his mind (or ear), as the two have occasionally taken verbal jabs at one another in various media appearances over the past year.

The latest example of the heat between Faber-Cruz boiling over from a simmer came in a interview with Bleacher Report where the 19-1 title-holder admitted pleasure in knowing his 2011 win over “The California Kid” could prevent his foe from ever being a true bantamweight king.

“I’m one of two people to ever keep Faber from becoming a UFC champion. He will forever be known as the former WEC champion. He will always be a number one contender and never anything more,” said Cruz through a smile.

Faber submitted Cruz in 2007 under the WEC banner before falling to him on the scorecards at UFC 132. Cruz defended his title successfully in a follow-up fight with Demetrious Johnson, then suffered the first of two consecutive ACL tears while training for his tiebreaker with Faber. The 27-year old Cruz is expected to fight later this year if his health continues to progress as planned.

6 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    Its easy to be cocky when your to injured to fight.

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  • waitetr says:

    Yea surprised at this especially consider he was submitted by Faber the first time and rocked/dropped a couple times in the rematch. If he’s ever able to fight again and beats Faber a second time them he the right to talk

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  • MCM says:

    “…..He (Faber) will always be a number one contender and never anything more,” said Cruz

    Unless he moves back up to 145lb. ;)

    I get what Cruz is saying, and these two are always going off on each other. But the fact is neither will beat Barao so both should just stay quite.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont know MCM I think a healthy Cruz can take Barao on and win, Cruz is faster and much better conditioned and extreamly hard to take down.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    It’s all a bit moot, since Cruz could conceivably be done as a top tier fighter.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m just curious what happens when Barao beats Cruz’s title defenses as the interim title holder

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