WEC 53 Aftermath: UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz Calls Out Urijah Faber

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2010

Courtesy of Sherdog
Courtesy of Sherdog

Last night at WEC 53, Dominick Cruz (17-1) successfully defended his WEC bantamweight title and became the first UFC bantamweight champion after a dominant performance over Scott Jorgensen.

In the post-fight interview, Cruz made it no secret that he wants to avenge his lone loss to the former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber.

"I'm ready to fight Urijah," Cruz said.  "Let's do it in Sacramento or here in Arizona."

During the post-fight press conference, Cruz made it known that he's been suffering a hand injury and has been fighting with it his last two bouts.  He has delayed having the doctors examine his hand, but if offered the chance to coach "The Ultimate Fighter" and fight Faber, he would jump on the opportunity.

"I would accept a coaching position very much, and I would be stoked," Cruz said at the post-fight presser.  "And it would be awesome, because I got my loss back.  An opportunity like that, I might have to deal with the hand again."

The newly crowned UFC champion indicated how in the loss to Faber he couldn't focus on fighting as much as he could now, as he had a full-time job on top of being an MMA fighter.

"Before that fight, I was still working a full time job.  Now I can devote every ounce of energy into fighting to become the best fighter that I can.  I have weapons everywhere, and I just know that I'm on another level than him."

Cruz made it no secret that he feels Faber didn't fight a high calibre opponent in Takeya Mizugaki in Faber's bantamweight debut as well in the post fight presser, and that Faber will have a much harder time facing him this go round.

"He looked good in his last fight.  He finished the guy very quickly, but still, he didn't fight somebody that was at the super, top level at 135 at this particular moment."

"Some of the things that he's going to improve upon is just basically trying to adjust to my game and that will be hard for him because it's hard to find people who move as much as I do," Cruz said.  "But there's certain things he can do, game plans that he can come up with.  Good luck.  I don't know what, but I'll be ready."