Although Urijah Faber faces a gritty Takeya Mizugaki tomorrow night at WEC 52, the former featherweight champion still can’t seem to get reigning bantamweight king Dominick Cruz off his mind. Perhaps it’s because a rematch with Cruz is the only question he’s been asked since making the move back down to the 135-pound division.
“The thing is, I probably wouldn’t say anything but everybody always asks about it. I’m the type of guy that speaks his mind and I’m real, so if you ask me, ‘Do I like Rafael Assuncao?’ I like him a lot, he’s a really good guy, very respectful,” Faber told MMAFighting.com.
“Same with Jose Aldo and Mike Brown and Jens Pulver and most of the guys I fought. Dominick just rubs me the wrong way. I don’t know how to describe it, he’s just immature and disrespectful.”
“The California Kid” was in the midst of his unprecedented featherweight title run when he easily disposed of Cruz at WEC 26 back in March 2007. It appears Cruz’s actions just before the 1stRound submission loss is what ignited their beef.
“He just kind of rubs me the wrong way. I think it started when we fought the first time. He was kind of disrespectful,” Faber stated. “We signed these posters for charity and he signed his name over my face, blatantly. I don’t know what he was thinking. It’s kind of a little insight that he’s kind of a dope. I just don’t like how he carried himself.
“It’s one thing to be a gracious winner, but to be a gracious loser is a whole different story. I mean, he’s probably grown up a little bit since then but that left a bad taste in my mouth. There’s a lot of people I do like, only a few I don’t.”
Although Faber has dropped three of his last five scraps, all have been of the championship variety. He’ll be closing out his illustrious blue-caged career Thursday night inside the The Pearl inside The Palms Las Vegas, Nevada.