Although some fans and pundits have written off the possibility of a rubber match between UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber occurring, the “California Kid” keeps doing his part to ensure it happens. After Faber failed to become the promotion’s interim champ, by dropping a decision loss to Renan Barao last July, it might have seemed like the bantamweight’s days as a top contender had passed him by.
Since then, of course, Faber has stayed in the title shot mix by scoring submission wins over Ivan Menjivar and Scott Jorgensen, who aren’t exactly tomato cans. It’s taken the Team Alpha Male less than a year to get people talking about the possibility of Faber-Barao II and Faber-Cruz III once again, and if you don’t like it, Faber doesn’t care.
In a recent interview with the New York Post Faber relayed: “I’ve been at the top for a long time. To all the critics, all the people complaining about me getting another title shot – motherf——, I’m still here.”
The former WEC champ also noted in the interview that “I’m in a weird spot in the sport being one of the biggest names in the lighter weight division, but not having a bunch of guys with big names to fight”. It’s a valid point.
Whether some people are interested in seeing Faber challenge for the title again or not, it’s hard to argue with success, and the 34 year-old Faber has had plenty of that. Up first, however, Barao will take on Eddie Wineland at UFC 161 and after that, hopefully Cruz will return to face the winner.
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