With just over a week away from the premiere of the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter, head coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber now know when they are set to square off. The UFC confirmed today via The Ultimate Fighter twitter account that Cruz vs. Faber III is set for UFC 148, which is expected to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 7th. This will be the second year in a row the two have fought at the Independence Day weekend event in Las Vegas, with Cruz defeating Faber at UFC 132 last year.
Cruz and Faber are both first-time coaches of the long-running UFC reality show. This season will feature an exclusive roster of lightweights, with the entire 32-man roster announced yesterday. This will be the first season that airs on FX, along with the first season that broadcasts fights live. The season debuts next Friday, March 9th at 9 PM, and will run every following Friday at 10 PM until the season’s finale on June 1st.
Cruz and Faber have fought twice before, with each one earning a victory in the first two matches. Faber defeated Cruz at WEC 26 in March 2007 via first round submission. Cruz defeated Faber in the rematch last year at UFC 132 in July via unanimous decision.
No other fights have been announced as of yet for UFC 148.
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