It's a Urijah Faber we've never seen before. The former WEC 145-pound king has always been more about touting his own game than talking about his opponent. But there's something about Dominick Cruz that either drives him nuts or makes Faber think he can drive Cruz nuts. Faber's been digging at the current UFC bantamweight champ for months and it continued at yesterday's UFC 132 prefight press conference.
The history between the fighters dates back to 2007 when Faber (25-4) defeated a young Cruz (17-1) in a 145-pound bout at WEC 26. Cruz thought Faber rubbed it in after a quick victory via choke out. Faber doesn't argue that (0:48 mark).
"I don't think I was rubbing it in. I was kind of like 'good fight ... try again buddy.' He knows what I meant. He was right," said Faber.
Faber is enjoying the heat between the fighters.
"The reason it's a grudge match and all that, is you put Dominick and I in the same little neighborhood, we probably would've ended up fighting each other. [Because] of his bad attitude and me not taking crap, and being the badder dude. And that's what this all about. Like minded people, we're going to butt heads when it comes to the fight game and see who's boss," Faber said.
In spite of the victory four years, the Las Vegas sportsbooks have installed Cruz as a minus-140 favorite.
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