Dominick Cruz is clearly never going to be a Urijah Faber fan. It's pretty obvious that he has little love for T.J. Dillashaw as well. But while he's fine with Faber accusing him of performance enhancing drug use, he's puzzled as to why he'd throw the same accusations at a former teammate and friend. Cruz explained himself on a recent edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
"This is the thing, you can say whatever you need to say about me. I understand, all is fair in love and war. Like, I get that he is going to come and attack me. I get that he wants to attack my character. He's been doing this to me since 2007. This is the Faber game. He wants to turn everybody against you and make himself the good guy. He can't handle being the not liked guy.
"But, at the same time, this is all based off of fear. Judgment is the main act of fear. If I'm on [PEDs], what, is everybody on it? Everybody he's lost to? This is his excuse. He's setting up excuses for the loss that I'm about to serve him."
"Faber is showing his true colors. He has no professionalism. No loyalty. Before he said anything about me, he attacked Dillashaw on The Herd show and tried to deny it and say he didn't. But, it's like he's trying to destroy Dillashaw's career, and this is somebody who is supposed to be his family, his best friend. They were brothers at one point. I mean, I'm not the biggest fan of Dillashaw. He's got his own things. That's needless to say, you can see in our last fight build-up that he's not my favorite person either. But he does mentor kids in wrestling and he does do stuff, and his own best friend is accusing him of using PEDs. It's like, what are you doing?
"That's a scumbag move. That's your ex-friend, all because he left your camp? I mean, that shows the true colors of Faber. When you're attacking me, I can understand that because he wants to ruin my faith because we're fighting. But when you're attacking a friend because he left your camp, you're just a scumbag. It's a lack of character, and that's something I haven't liked about Faber since day one. We're finally seeing the true colors of Faber come out when he makes accusations with absolutely no proof of anything and one of the best doping agencies on planet Earth."
Dillashaw, of course, was a member of Faber's Team Alpha Male until he became the UFC bantamweight champion, and subsequently left to go work with Duane Ludwig in Colorado. Cruz defeated Dillashaw for the belt, and meets Faber for the third time in the co-main event of UFC 199.
He was quite honest about what might lead Faber to make fun of his body - and it has nothing to do with USADA:
"He can say whatever he wants about my body and all that stuff that he was saying, how it changed. Man, I was out for four-plus years. That's like 1,500 days. Maybe a quarter of those, maybe like 700 of days I could work out. I was sitting behind the desk studying fights, analyzing fights, breaking things down. There was a point where I hit 175 pounds. I was depressed at times. There was a lot going in my life, that, I had let go of fighting. When I got that Dillashaw call to fight, I wasn't going to tell the UFC no. I just said screw it, let's go.
"I was rehabbing still when they asked me for that fight at nine months of my third ACL reconstruction. I got ready off the couch, off the analyst desk, went out there and fought and did my job, while he's making excuses about PEDs. So it's like, I'm doing my job and that's all I can do. On June 4th, I'm going to do my job and shut that idiot up."