There's unfinished business between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz. Their rivalry dates back to 2007 when Faber choked out Cruz in the first round to defend his WEC featherweight title. The two were destined to meet again at UFC 132 which saw "The Dominator" avenge his loss to crown himself the UFC bantamweight champion. Since then, both men have sniped at each other from afar but still haven't settled things in the Octagon.
A rubber match was originally scheduled for UFC 148 in 2012 but Cruz was forced to withdraw from the bout after tearing his ACL. The injuries piled up for the 30-year-old and Cruz vacated the bantamweight championship in 2014.
The fighter and analyst returned against then-champion T.J. Dillashaw in January to reclaim the title in a competitive five-round clash at UFC Fight Night 81 and has since expressed his interest in a trilogy fight with his oldest rival.
According to Cruz, he's all Faber has left and has vowed to shut him up in the rematch. The California Kid responded on Instagram earlier today and referred to his nemesis as a "glass champ".
"I Keep hearing articles talking about me. Apparently @domcruz619 thinks something has been gifted in my life. I've had double the amount of fights that dude has in around the same amount of years, i have 5 more finishes than he has total fights, I've been a champion or a top contender for the last 13 years. Last time we fought i put MR. Hard to Hit on his ass multiple times. And the reason he is alive is because there are rules in mma and i was forced to let him live. I have jumped up weight classes and fought future hall of famers at multiple divisions. I take on all comers and don't back out if my body isn't feeling perfect. I can't wait to whoop this dope! @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta please gimme a date. Lets get a staff of Drs on hand at Cruz's training and ask his teammates to take it easy. I wanna be the one to break the glass champ!! #glasschamp".
Urijah Faber last fought at UFC 194 to beat Frankie Saenz in a closely contested unanimous decision. The MMA veteran has challenged for promotional gold three times since losing to Jose Aldo at WEC 48 but fell short on each occasion.
Dominick Cruz is currently rehabilitating a foot injury he suffered prior to dethroning T.J. Dillashaw and is expected to return later this year.