Not long ago, the UFC confirmed that Faber was going to face the bantamweight champ at UFC 199, ending weeks of speculation as to what would next for Cruz. Following the latter’s split decision win over Dillashaw in January, there was a lot of talk about an immediate rematch. But, since Faber has a long standing beef with Cruz, and they each hold a win over the other, people knew he was in the running for a title shot too.
Dillashaw recently spoke with ESPN, and not surprisingly, the former champ relayed that he’s kind of upset about what’s transpired:
“I’m pretty pissed. Faber isn’t deserving. The only way this guy has stayed relevant during the last year is talking s— about me. It’s unfortunate everything has become more about entertainment than sport. I just had a very competitive fight with Cruz. I don’t think Faber has a chance. I hope he does win, but it’s all about giving him his last title shot now. I think the UFC feels they can’t give him another fight before then and expect him to win.”
Now, sure, Faber fans will just argue that Dillashaw’s angry because of everything that’s gone down since he left Team Alpha Male. Faber and Dillashaw haven’t been on the best of terms since that happened.
While it’s true Faber hasn’t defeated a top ten ranked bantamweight in quite a while, no one was surprised to hear that the UFC was tapping him for another bout with Cruz. As we’ve all seen countless times before, rankings and recent performances, are often trumped by dollars.
Dillashaw went on to add in the interview that he’s interested in facing Rafael Assuncao, who decisioned him back in 2013.
UFC 199 will be hosted by the Los Angeles Forum on June 4th. In the headliner, middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will take on Chris Weidman.