Dominick Cruz: Urijah Faber Will Always Be a No. 1 Contender and Nothing More

Damon Martin@@DamonMartinContributor IJune 21, 2013

Dominick Cruz may be on the sidelines rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been paying attention to what his old rival Urijah Faber has been saying about him lately.

During a recent appearance on UFC Tonight as an analyst, Faber said Cruz looked like "a pirate with a peg leg." The call-out was in reference to a recent picture of Cruz where his leg appeared much smaller than normal, undoubtedly because of the nearly two years he's spent out of the sport and on crutches dealing with his knee injury.

Cruz was happy to respond during a recent interview with Bleacher Report, reminding Faber that he won their last fight—and as long as the belt is around his waist, Faber will never be champion again.

"He will always be a No. 1 contender and never anything more," Cruz said.

Check out the interview above with Cruz talking about his recovery from knee surgery, how he plans to return before Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and his choice words for Faber.