UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will defend his belt against superstar Urijah Faber at UFC 132. The two men met in 2007 for the WEC featherweight title and Faber won via first round guillotine choke. Since then they've engaged in an increasingly heated war of words that began with the event poster for that fight which featured Faber but not Cruz.
Here's Cruz talking to MMA Junkie about his side of the story:
"In the beginning it had nothing to do with him at all. In the very beginning, it had to do with the fact that I wasn't even on the event poster and I was fighting him for a world title. That really got under my skin.
"So, my way of getting on the poster was to sign where I signed (over Faber's picture), and it ended up pissing him off. Since then, he's been the one calling me out. He's done a million YouTube videos, went on like a media frenzy, and just done a bunch of YouTube videos running his mouth. After that, that's when everything started up. That's when I started talking because I'm not just going to let him keep running his mouth about me for no reason.
"Originally, it had nothing to do him, I felt like I deserved to be on that poster."