Former WEC featherweight champion and current UFC bantamweight title challenger Urijah Faber was given a chance to blog on Yahoo Sports, and he didn't mince words when it came to his UFC 132 opponent Dominick Cruz. The dislike between the two is well-known, but Faber seems to be reveling in the trash talk. It's something we've rarely seen from him before, and I kind of like it. Here's what he had to say about Cruz in his blog:
I beat Cruz in a defense of my WEC title four years ago. I won with a guillotine in the first round, but Cruz had chip on his shoulder about me before he even met me. During the week of our first fight – before I even met the guy – he’d disrespected me and showed me how he operates when he wrote all over my face on the posters for the event.
I had nothing to do with the design of the poster – but the guy is an emotional mess. He goes from throwing himself pity-parties to praising himself for all that he brings to MMA.
He likes recounting his deprived upbringing (which doesn’t sound that bad, in my opinion) and pondering how he could reach the heights he has with all that’s wrong in his life. Along the way he has made mention of how things have been "handed" to me in my career of nearly 30 fights (which started nearly eight years ago in tiny American Indian casinos, the only place allowed in California at the time), managed to deface more posters of me in gyms and make negative statements about me over the years in gyms in my home state of California.
I’ve brushed it off and followed my own road, but one truth remains: I have someone that chose me as an enemy out there. Cruz is fueled by negativity, jealousy and revenge. The best part is I don’t have many enemies, and I get to take destiny into my own hands. Like most everything in my life, I’ve found a way to have fun with my foe, so I embrace the bitterness, add a creative campaign to stoke the fire and prepare for a great battle.
Faber also discusses how he grew up a big boxing fan, then became an early MMA fan. He touches on his mindset and how he feels at 135 as opposed to 145. It's definitely worth a read.