In a blog entry for Yahoo! Sports, Urijah Faber shed some light on his rivalry with Dominick Cruz.
“I beat Cruz in a defense of my WEC title four years ago. I won with a guillotine in the first round, but Cruz had chip on his shoulder about me before he even met me. During the week of our first fight – before I even met the guy – he’d disrespected me and showed me how he operates when he wrote all over my face on the posters for the event…I had nothing to do with the design of the poster – but the guy is an emotional mess…
"He likes recounting his deprived upbringing (which doesn’t sound that bad, in my opinion) and pondering how he could reach the heights he has with all that’s wrong in his life. Along the way he has made mention of how things have been “handed” to me in my career of nearly 30 fights (which started nearly eight years ago in tiny American Indian casinos, the only place allowed in California at the time), managed to deface more posters of me in gyms and make negative statements about me over the years in gyms in my home state of California…Cruz is fueled by negativity, jealousy and revenge…”
This is going to be a great fight. Cruz is twice the fighter he was when he lost, but Faber’s striking has also improved by leaps and bounds. Neither of them will get tired, so look for this to be a full five rounds.
After Nate Marquardt admitted to taking hormone replacement therapy on The MMA Hour, Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren pulled no punches in his comment on Twitter, challenging Marquardt to come meet him in the Bellator cage after his UFC release. “[Nate Marquardt] you are a cheater. Not once but frequently. Stop cheating, come to Bellator and I will crush you.” I’m not saying Marquardt is or isn’t a cheater, but come on Askren. The only way Askren beats Marquardt is if he lays on him. And I don’t even know if he’s good enough to do that just yet. We might see it though, depending on if Marquardt’s banishment stands.
According to multiple published reports, Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner Tony Ferguson has his next fight scheduled. Ferguson will drop from welterweight to lightweight and meet Aaron Riley at UFC 135 in September. What is it with these TUF winners dropping weight as soon as they win at a higher weight class? This should be a decent fight though.
UFC officials announced that they will be airing all of the UFC 132 preliminary card fights on Facebook.com. Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki, Brad Tavares vs. Aaron Simpson, Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner, and Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker. I want to see 3 of these 4 fights, and it does seem that the feed on Facebook improved. So if you haven’t been watching, watch.
The UFC announced that the rumored bout between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger will take place this Setember 17 at the “Battle on the Bayou” on Spike TV. Not that this isn’t a good fight, but I think Shields deserves the PPV treatment. But it’s awesome that we get to see him for free.