Although Urijah Faber (Pictured) faces a tough test this Saturday when he meets Brian Bowles at UFC 139, Faber still can’t seem to get Dominick Cruz or his controversial loss to the reigning UFC bantamweight champ out of his head. It’s not all “The California Kid’s” fault, though, as he’s constantly questioned about his bitter rival around every turn.
However, perhaps that helps explain why Faber seems to have memorized all of the rights and wrongs that went down during their shootout.
“It wasn’t that difficult of a fight for me, aside of the fact that it was five rounds and I was fighting a guy that’s tough,” Faber said of his UFC 132 defeat to Cruz. “I mean he’s swift, I guess, but I wasn’t having too much trouble hitting him. I hit him plenty of times. I just wasn’t throwing as many punches, so maybe I need to throw more punches [the next time].
“I also only had three solid takedown attempts and I defended 99 percent of his stuff that was grappling-related. So I just gotta do more, have a higher output and try to finish it but be aware of the fact that I need to score points along the way.”
After 25 thrilling teeter-totter minutes, the three officials sitting cageside ultimately awarded Cruz with the decision win. Now that their rivalry is knotted up at one apiece, Faber ain’t scared, homie, to complete the trilogy.
“I did a good job of stalking him without throwing careless punches, and making the ones I did throw count,” Faber added. “That’s how I envisioned beating him, but the judges didn’t see it my way and he fought a good fight, as well.
“But he’s not scary. I’ll fight him any day, every day, all day.”
However, first thing’s first. Faber battles Bowles tomorrow night inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The winner is expected to be in the mix for next dibs at Cruz’s strap.