Although the last time Dominick Cruz fought Urijah Faber was in 2011, the reigning bantamweight champ maintains his rival hasn’t evolved as a fighter. How’s that? Well, according to “The Dominator”, it’s because of Faber’s “ego”.
Cruz and Faber are scheduled to fight for a third time on June 4th, as the two will square off in the co-headliner for UFC 199. When the veterans fought for the first time way back in 2007, Faber won the bout via submission. In their 2011 rematch, Cruz took the fight by decision. Over the last nine or so years, the two have formed quite the beef.
Now since it’s been nearly five years since their last encounter, most folks would say that the Faber Cruz is about to face, is not the same guy he battled at UFC 132. But, while speaking to the media recently in Los Angeles, Cruz had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think he’s got excuses for every loss he’s ever had,” Cruz said. “He’s been TKO’d three times and still doesn’t admit any those losses or being TKO’d. How do you grow from an experience like that if you don’t except the way that you lost by the person that beat you? You can’t grow.
“That’s his ego talking. He can’t admit the fact that he’s been beaten, so therefore he won’t grow from those experiences, which creates a stationary, stagnant mindset in a sport that you can only grow in otherwise you get passed by.”
There you have it. Now does Cruz truly believe Faber hasn’t improved at all? Not even slightly? Maybe. He could also be saying this as a means to get to his rival mentally.
One thing’s for certain, if Faber isn’t a better fighter today than he was in 2011, it’s pretty hard to imagine him defeating Cruz. This is a guy, after all, who has fought just twice since 2011, missed all of 2015, and decisioned TJ Dillashaw in his return….Not too shabby.