At least bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber can agree to disagree. Well, maybe not. While Cruz has downplayed his feud with Faber, “The California Kid” has had no qualms with expressing his disdain for the reigning UFC bantamweight champion.
“I don’t hate the guy. I don’t wish him ill will, I just want to go prove that I’m a better fighter than him,” Cruz stated during this week’s media call. “We’re not going to hang out at the after party, having drinks. We’re cordial guys, we’re both professionals, so I think we’re just going to take it for what it is.”
Faber challenges Cruz for his 135-pound crown at UFC 132 on July 2nd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He handed Cruz his only professional blemish in March of 2007.
That’s when Faber believes Cruz showed his true colors.
“It’s one thing when a guy wins and another thing when a guy loses. I’ve been a good sport on both ends of it, so we’ll see how he reacts when he loses. I’ll be cool regardless,” Faber stated. “I have a hard time being enemies with people. Dominick has made it easy. He’s got an interesting combo of throwing himself pity parties and feeling sorry for himself, but also giving himself a lot of credit for little things.
“What’s going to happen at the end of this, can he handle another loss and can he be cool?”
Cruz has seen this all before; adversaries get locked inside the Octagon together, and after anywhere between 1-25 minutes of machismo action there’s nothing left but an overabundance of hugs and props to go around.
“I feel like fighting fixes everything. Fighting fixes everything,” Cruz flatly stated. “Once we punch each other in the face, fighting fixes everything.”
“That’s like the opposite of what my mom used to say, but we’ll see,” as Faber quickly chimed in.
There they go again…