The two will coach opposite one another on the fifteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter and will meet in the cage for the third time this July at UFC 148. The two have a history going back to the WEC, when Cruz challenged Faber for his 145lbs. title and lost via first round submission. Last July -- some four years after their initial meeting -- Faber challenged Cruz for what was now his 135lbs. title.
After five close, back-and-forth rounds, Cruz was declared the winner via unanimous decision. A second round submission over former champ Brian Bowles earned Faber his second shot at Cruz and the two have settled right back into their feud.
During a recent appearance on HDNet's Inside MMA, Cruz asserted that Faber can't figure out how to fight him correctly and is frustrated by that, hence the occasional trash talk The California Kid sends his way.
Unsurprisingly, Faber took issue with his statement during his own appearance on the show.
"I mean, c'mon, let's be realistic here: I don't understand the way he's fighting so I'm frustrated and I'm saying bad stuff about it? The guy's a good fighter, he's good at what he does, which is scoring some points. He's not dangerous, he's not scary," said Faber. "… If the guy thinks I don't know how to beat him, I already did beat him! He's alive right now because there's rules in MMA and I had to release his neck and let him breathe! You're welcome, Dominick Cruz, for giving you life and letting you live! Next time, I'm gonna do the same thing. I'm gonna let you live, but it's gonna be painful."
UFC 148 is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7.
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