If you saw Dominick Cruz’s jaw dropping return at UFC 178, then you know the bantamweight division just got a whole lot more interesting.
Not only did the former champ quickly bomb out the extremely rugged, Takeya Mizugaki, but afterwards he tossed out the “Team Alpha Fails” zinger at the Sacramento based camp. As a result, Cruz’s well documented and longstanding beef with Urijah Faber, has kind of boiled over into his upcoming scrap with champion and fellow Team Alpha Male member, TJ Dillashaw.
Recently Faber was interviewed by News 10-ABC in Sacramento, and here is some of what “The California Kid” had to say about his old pal, Cruz:
“He looked great, and he had three years to make his great comeback and think of something witty to say and all he can say is that – that’s pretty funny,” said Faber. “At some point he is going to have to pay the piper on talking crap and probably get beat up in the process.”
If you don’t know, what Faber is referring to is the fact Cruz was sidelined for three years, after undergoing two knee surgeries and then incurring a groin injury earlier this year. Faber holds a 2007, submission win over Cruz, but in their 2011 rematch, he was decisioned by the highly regarded fighter.
Depending on how things go in the upcoming bout between Cruz and Dillashaw, which doesn’t have a date yet, this rivalry could get really, really interesting.
Faber was also asked to weigh in on his teammate Chad Mendes’ upcoming, October 25th scrap with featherweight champ Jose Aldo. Faber fought Aldo in 2010 under the WEC banner, and lost via UD. Faber offered this prediction on the bout:
“Aldo is the best pound for pound guy I ever fought, and Chad is the best pound for pound guy I ever gone against in the gym.” said Faber. “Chad is a guy who has a long history as a wrestler, and he is a completely different fighter now. I think we are going to see Chad with the finish in the 4th round with a ground and pound or submission.”
How about that for a prediction? Aldo-Mendes II (Aldo won the first bout via first round, KO) will headline UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro.