“[Cruz is] all hurt about that. It’s freaking awesome. You know what’s funny? I never said anything about steroids or anything like that. I said this guy’s coming in looking skinny-fat with love handles and floppy boobs and he’s all pissed off about that. I said T.J. looks like a pre-teen and they’ve taken that and become best friends and it’s brought them closer. It’s pretty freaking funny the way they’re reacting to that… They showed me the ‘Countdown’ show and they showed me what Cruz was saying. He was saying, ‘I can’t believe Urijah would be such a dirt ball that he would insinuate something about T.J., who was his boy.’ I’m like, bro, don’t try to figure out my life. Just do your thing, you look like a skinny little twerp now and let’s fight. That’s it.,, The truth is those guys’ bodies are deteriorating, my body’s getting [expletive] better and I’m older.”
Penick’s Analysis: This is right in line with some of his recent comments, so it’s the direction he’s decided either consciously or subconsciously to take after Dillashaw left and into his rematch with Cruz. It’s not surprising that he’d go that route with Cruz, with whom he’s never gotten along, but the backlash against a longtime teammate and protege in Dillashaw came swiftly from Faber. It’s not been an endearing trait on his part, which is why Cruz and Dillashaw have essentially been on the same side of the situation. Clearly he doesn’t care, and if he can pull off a win over Cruz the Dillashaw fight will come, but it’s probably been a bit of a blow to his image in the process.
[Urijah Faber art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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