“The way that he beat Bowles, I think it warrants a title fight for him. That’s fine with me. I’ve got no problem. It was going to be him or Bowles, I knew that coming into that fight, and I was ready to take on either one of them. He beat somebody in the Top 5 of the division. That’s the first time he’s been matched up with someone in the Top 5 of the 135-pound division. I thought he looked good. He did exactly what he was supposed to do to be the No. 1 contender. He finished Bowles quickly and put a beating on him,” Cruz said. “I’m excited for the fight to come.”
UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz tells the guys over at mmafighting.com that he is ready to face off with UFC 139 winner, Urijah Faber and settle their beef once and for all.
In the post UFC 139 speech, Urijah Faber took to the microphone following his complete and utter destruction of former champ, Brian Bowles and said “Dominick, you can run but you can’t hide.”
Cruz has taken note and is making sure that the world knows he is ready to face off with “The California Kid” and prove why he holds the belt.
The proposed matchup would settle a score almost five-years in the making.
Cruz suffered his lone professional defeat at the hands of Urijah back in 2007. Now, five years later and a division lower the two are tentatively planning a third outing after Cruz was able to even the score and defeat Faber at UFC 132 this past July.