Less than a minute after becoming the first UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz quickly went on the prowl for his next potential victim. The good news for MMA fans was that he made a beeline for the biggest name in WEC history.
Moments after dominating Scott Jorgensen for a unanimous decision sweep at WEC 53, Cruz spotted “The California Kid” sitting in the front row and wanted to make sure Faber appreciated his masterful performance. When asked what he mouthed to the man that blemished his practically perfect 17-1 resume, Cruz simply suggested he was interested in arranging a rematch.
“When I first came in, I have no excuses, [Faber] beat me fair and square that day,” Cruz said at the post-fight press conference. “He was a better fighter than me that day, but it’s been three years. Before that fight, I was still working a full-time job and now I can devote every ounce of energy into fighting – to become the best fighter I can.
“I just know that I’m a completely different fighter than I was then. My ground game is better. My wrestling is better. My standup is much better. I have weapons everywhere. I just know I’m on another level than him.”
Since submitting Cruz in the 1stRound of their featherweight scrap, the two have gone out of their way to exchange disses. Faber claims the bantamweight champ runs more than he fights, while Cruz believes the WEC’s poster boy is upset his time has passed.
“[Faber] looked good in his last fight,” Cruz begrudgingly admitted. “He finished the guy very quickly, but still, he didn’t fight somebody that was at the super-top level at 135 pounds at this particular moment.
“Some of the things that he’s going to improve on are just basically trying to adjust to my game. That will be hard for him because it’s hard to find people that move as much as I do. There’s certain things he can do and certain things he can come up with. Good luck. I don’t know what, but I’ll be ready.”