Faber: Dominick Cruz is an emotional mess

by Urijah Faber | source: sports.yahoo.com/
 

This Saturday's UFC 132 features UFC bantamweight championship Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, MMA legend Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben, and Ryan Bader vs.Tito Ortiz. Pre fight trash talk for the title bout has been perhaps a little subdued, with Cruz calling Faber a "butt-chin" and Faber retorting on his blog below by calling Cruz an "emotional mess."

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.

Usually, punching someone in the face is good therapy. You shake hands afterward and move on. I think that didn’t happen last time because Dominick was upset that I beat him so quickly. I agree with him that he has improved since then, but he had a lot of room to get better.

I feel faster at 135 lbs. than I was 145, and I’m not constantly under pressure to gain weight. My training is more calculated and professional, my life is more stable and organized than it has ever been. Cutting weight is not fun but it’s something I’ve done since I was in the eighth grade. I’ve got a ton of experience under my belt, and I am ready to show everyone that I am the best bantamweight in the world on Saturday.

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Stu P Dasso site profile image  

6/28/11 3:45 PM by Stu P Dasso

Isn't cruz 2-1 against ' team alpha male'? Wasn't benevidez the real star of that team with faber just a poster boy?

gusto site profile image  

6/28/11 3:08 PM by gusto

i read an interview with cruz and was surprised to see that he did talk shit about faber for no real reason

PassnSmash site profile image  

6/28/11 3:02 PM by PassnSmash

Faber is still the fighter from four years ago. Cruz is so much better than four years ago. If Faber thinks he is going to beat him like last time that isn't going to happen. Both are hard to hit but Cruz is unpredictable with his striking. It's funny Cruz doesn't go out of his way to talk shit on Faber. I look for this to be a good fight.

American_Ninja site profile image  

6/28/11 2:36 PM by American_Ninja

This

Leghound site profile image  

6/28/11 12:40 PM by Leghound

Great interview with Urijah. Love him or hate him you have to admit his fights are usually fun to watch

gusto site profile image  

6/28/11 12:20 PM by gusto

i dont understand why people are so confident Cruz will win

decasere site profile image  

6/28/11 11:55 AM by decasere

 if i had any money i'd be putting it squarly on Fabers shoulders, Cruz hasnt fought anybody like Faber since well ....Faber and you remember how that went. Faber is gonna stifle his stupid herky jerky run away style and pound him out on the ground.

rushinbear site profile image  

6/28/11 11:53 AM by rushinbear

will be a great fight as long as Faber does not injure his hand again.

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

6/28/11 11:52 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

I hope Faber puts him to sleep.