This is a rematch of a fight that originally took place at WEC 26 on March 24, 2007, where Urijah Faber finished Dominick Cruz via guillotine choke at 1:38 of round one. Since then, both fighters have evolved quite a bit. However, Cruz, being just 21 at the time of their first meeting, has probably come further.
Dominick Cruz's only loss has come at the hands of Urijah Faber, as he's managed to put together an impressive 17-1 record with wins over Joseph Benavidez twice, Brian Bowles, and Scott Jorgensen. While he's looked fantastic, Faber isn't impressed.
He's changed, but the thing that hasn't changed with him, is that he's not dangerous. It's ironic that a guy, especially with the name Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz, isn't dominating anyone. He should be called an "Irritator" or "The Eluder," not "Dominator."
Am I a guy that is worried about his stand-up game? No I'm not. I'm a hard guy to hit. I feel like my wrestling pedigree is better, my jiu-jitsu is better, and I feel like my hands are going to be better... And I've been tested. When the going gets tough, I get going. I'm going to be marching forward trying to capture that belt.
While Cruz has been fairly dominant, Faber brings up a good point—aside from a doctor stoppage due to a broken hand against Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz has never finished a fight in the WEC. Perhaps Faber's ability to finish fights will help him prevail.
Urijah Faber is another individual who has tried to find new life by dropping weight. He reigned over the featherweight division in the WEC for years, but ran into Mike Brown and Jose Aldo.
Since the drop to 135 pounds, Faber put Takeya Mizugaki to sleep with a rear-naked choke and then took Eddie Wineland to decision.
Urijah is an extremely exciting fighter to watch and I'm hoping he can bring the fight to Cruz, but no one has been able to touch him in quite some time. I have to give the advantage to Cruz in the striking. Faber probably does have the grappling edge, but again, Cruz is extremely illusive.
Overall, I'll have to take Cruz. I just hope it's not by decision. I really don't want to have to watch him bounce around for another five rounds.