Although Urijah Faber lost his rubber match to Dominick Cruz, the perennial contender still believes he has what it takes to defeat the bantamweight champ again.
Faber was tapped for a third bout with Cruz in June, following his decision win over Frankie Saenz in December. Faber submitted Cruz all the way back in 2007, but was decisioned by the renowned fighter in their 2011 rematch. At UFC 199, Cruz took the trilogy by scoring a clear cut, UD win.
Well, Faber is back in action this Saturday at UFC 203, as he’ll take on Jimmie Rivera. While talking with the media on Wednesday, Faber had this to say about his latest loss to Cruz (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I feel like I have the ability to beat Cruz. It didn’t happen this fight. In the second round, he caught me with a punch, and I feel like that changed things for me. But props to him for being a champion and being able to capitalize.
“But I’ve put that stuff past me. My life is not defined by wins or losses. It’s a very small part of who I am.”
It’s not surprising to hear Faber say this. After all, he’s been at the top for all of his career, and he’s certainly bounced back in the past, when people have written him off as a top contender.
Saturday’s bout, however, is a huge one for “The California Kid”. Rivera is riding an 18 fight winning streak and has gone 3-0 in the UFC, so, he could be a serious test for Faber. At 37 year’s old, a defeat for the Sacramento fighter would be a big blow to his top contender status.
UFC 203 will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.