In my latest column for The Detroit News, I take a look at the main event of this weekend's UFC 132 between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. I spoke to Faber for the column, so be sure to take a look and read what he had to say about his fight with Cruz and more.
Four years ago, Dominick Cruz signed his name over Urijah Faber's face on a poster prior to the two meeting for the WEC featherweight championship.
Faber won that fight in just 98 seconds and a feud was born that hasn't been forgotten by either fighter. Now the genuine bad blood between the two will culminate this Saturday when the two meet for Cruz's UFC bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC 132 in Las Vegas (9 p.m., PPV).
"He had a little chip on his shoulder about me and it started with him signing over my face on a poster," Faber told The Detroit News on Wednesday. "It got heightened after I beat him fairly easily and now we're at a point where it's been four years and we're the top guys in the weight class."
At that point, Cruz was 9-0. Since the loss to Faber, he's reeled off eight straight victories, including two defenses of the WEC bantamweight title. When the WEC was absorbed into the UFC, Cruz was named the company's bantamweight champion and will be making his UFC debut Saturday.
"I've never liked Urijah Faber," Cruz said on the UFC 132 countdown show. "It's never left me. It's a chip that's there now, it's a chip that's gonna stay there and it's going to sit right next to all my belts as I stack them up."
Faber is 2-0 at bantamweight, picking up wins over Takeya Mizugaki and Eddie Wineland to earn his shot at Cruz's title. Now the tables are turned as he'll be the challenger when he faces Cruz on Saturday in what he expects to be a high-paced, emotional fight.
"I've been motivated to get that belt for a long time," Faber said. "I've been in this game for a lot of years and I've been right near the top of my weight class for most of the time. There's not too many guys who can say that, so I feel like having this opportunity now is the culmination of a lot of hard work and visualization and being consistent and persistent in this sport."
You can read the entire column at The Detroit News.