Immediately after winning the title, Cruz found himself being called out by his nemesis Urijah Faber. While TJ Dillashaw wanted an immediate rematch given how close the fight was, Cruz seems to prefer a trilogy bout with Faber instead.
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Cruz explained why he prefers a matchup with Faber, and why he’s actually offering ‘The California Kid’ a gift.
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“I like that Faber matchup because we were supposed to fight but it got put off because of my knee injury, so I feel like that could happen. It’s been 10 years of building with this guy, and I just kind of want to shut him down and keep him out of the division after this. He really isn’t the most relevant guy in the world, but he still does a pretty good fight. He brings some things to the table. He’s still got a championship mindset.
“I think this is just another gift for Faber. He’s been gifted his whole career with title shots, but oh well. Screw it. I’m all he’s got left, so I might as well give him one more.”