Urijah Faber responded to Dominick Cruz’s latest comments on Thursday in a post to Instagram, refuting that he’s had anything gifted to him in his career, and hoping for that title fight to get in the final word.
I Keep hearing articles talking about me. Apparently @domcruz619 thinks something has been gifted in my life. I’ve had double the amount of fights that dude has in around the same amount of years, i have 5 more finishes than he has total fights, I’ve been a champion or a top contender for the last 13 years. Last time we fought i put MR. Hard to Hit on his ass multiple times. And the reason he is alive is because there are rules in mma and i was forced to let him live. I have jumped up weight classes and fought future hall of famers at multiple divisions. I take on all comers and don’t back out if my body isn’t feeling perfect. I can’t wait to whoop this dope! @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta please gimme a date. Lets get a staff of Drs on hand at Cruz’s training and ask his teammates to take it easy. I wanna be the one to break the glass champ….again!! #glasschamp
Penick’s Analysis: Perhaps “gifted” is an unfair term, but Faber’s certainly not the most deserving of challengers at the moment. Still, the fight itself works well enough, and there’s unfinished business between the two of them for the UFC to sell that fight. Can Faber beat Cruz in 2016? Maybe. It seems doubtful, but despite his lack of title fight success over the last several years, he’s beaten just about everyone else he’s faced, so there’s an outside chance of it happening.
[Urijah Faber art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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