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Tuesday, 02/21/2012, 01:49 pm

Dominick Cruz | Urijah Faber Has No Clue How To Beat My Style


On the new Ultimate Fighter live format on FX:

“You know, it’s gonna be intense. This format has never been done, so it’s a new thing for everybody; including the guys on the show. When the coaching’s going on, it’s gonna be about the guys, you know? Making sure that their minds stay right. You can’t overwork them during the week because they could be fighting every single week. There’s a mental thing where they’re going 13 weeks, trapped in a house with a bunch of dudes. You see the guys in the past shows, they were there half the time and they went nuts. So, imagine what 13 weeks is gonna be like. So it’s about keeping the guys in check, keeping them focused, not letting their minds wander too much while they’re stuck in there and keeping them on point.”

On how him and Urijah match up:

“He can’t [keep me on the mat]. He can’t keep me there even if he does get me down. The one time he did get a takedown on me, in the last fight, he got reversed and ended up on his back. I’m gonna win the scrambles on him, even if he does try to take me down. And, you know, on the feet, I own the range. He can’t control the range because I’m taller than him and I have the reach advantage. I use my angles and footwork to keep him offset the whole time. That’s the key in those fights. He had a good gameplan in trying to wait, wait, wait and counter, but the fact that he doesn’t know when I’m coming and going and he can’t control the range, that gives me the edge in striking as well.”

On their last fight:

“I think that his gameplan[in the second fight], in general, is a pretty good one, in that (he says), ‘I’m not gonna chase him.’ The times that people have tried to be extremely forceful and offensive on me and had that ‘bully’ tactic, I usually pick guys apart better that way. So, the fact that he would kinda sit and he waited and tried to pick his shots smart was probably the one thing that was intelligent about him, but in that case, I was able to throw two-to-one on him. That’s gonna be the key is just output and pace and takedowns and landing the bigger shots. Getting the finish.”

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