For the umpteenth time in recent history, an Octagon main event is marred in controversy. After 25 hard-fought minutes inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada, Dominick Cruz left Las Vegas with his bantamweight title in tow.
Although Urijah Faber knocked the champion on his rear multiple times throughout their contest, the three officials sitting cageside awarded “The Dominator” a lopsided (50-45, 49-46, 48-47) unanimous decision victory.
“This fight tells me a lot about myself. I lost to him four years ago and it’s harder to lose and come back than it is to win and keep winning. I waited for this fight and this opportunity and I am glad that I got this victory,” Cruz said following the win.
As expected, the action was fast and furious for the duration of their scrap. Each round appeared extremely close to call, but even Faber didn’t believe he did enough to don the strap.
“I feel like I didn’t do enough to win and obviously, the judges saw it the same way. I like to finish fights and that’s what I was trying to do. I feel like I landed the heavier punches, but it wasn’t enough. My game plan was to nullify his feints and movements. I came up short,” stated a disappointed Faber.
Faber posted a submission win over Cruz in March of 2007, so the 135-pounders are now knotted up at one fight apiece. Their trilogy, assuming there will be one, should be epic.