Faber thought he won, would love a rematch

by Fraser Coffeen | source: bloodyelbow.com

Dominick Cruz fought Urijah Faber to a hard won decision victory, keeping his UFC Bantamweight title and gaining revenge for a 2007 loss. Now we look ahead and ask ourselves where the Bantamweight division goes from here. 

The answer? Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber 3.

 If fans hear about a great fight that they missed, it becomes a strong selling point for the rematch. Add in the story of the two men being 1-1 and needing a tie breaker, the close nature of last night's scoring, and you have a much more marketable 3rd fight than you saw in the 2nd fight.

More importantly, the UFC and the Bantamweight division need this fight next, as they have painted themselves into a corner with the division. Ask yourself this: if Faber is not the next challenger for Cruz, who is? With wins over Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, Brian Bowles, and now Faber, Cruz is dangerously close to cleaning out the somewhat shallow BW ranks. The only real contenders he has not yet defeated are Takeya Mizugaki (just defeated last night), Miguel Torres (recently lost), and Demetrious Johnson (not quite a title threat yet, and likely dropping down to Flyweight soon). The rightful #1 contender at this point is Bowles. But Cruz has already defeated him, his fight last night was on the Facebook prelims (and was not a thrilling, fan friendly encounter), and it seems he will once again be sidelined with a broken hand. These things make a Bowles challenge significantly less appealing.

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Sigitywop bears site profile image  

7/4/11 12:11 AM by Sigitywop bears

I enjoyed this fight.. I was actually nervous about who the judges were gonna give this fight to since faber scored a few knock downs and considering all the bad decisions lately.. Cruz definitely won that fight but I would enjoy watching them fight again

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

7/3/11 11:06 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

 Those phone booths look like urinals, at first I thought this interview was taking place in a men's room.

Jon Snow site profile image  

7/3/11 10:25 PM by Jon Snow

so can faber stop yapping about this alpha male shitalso, jones was right about faber losing. lol.nice business partner beta male.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

7/3/11 10:23 PM by ChaosOverkill

people who aren't entertained by these fights are seriously fucked

whoabro site profile image  

7/3/11 10:15 PM by whoabro

Weird, huh?

Taz site profile image  

7/3/11 10:15 PM by Taz

No bro, my cat wins

Hel13torm site profile image  

7/3/11 9:36 PM by Hel13torm

agreed...... Faber lost, back to the end of the line. Want another shot? earn it.

R0CK0 site profile image  

7/3/11 9:35 PM by R0CK0

lol snooze fest???? did you watch their second fight it was full of rocked fighters

Immaculata site profile image  

7/3/11 9:35 PM by Immaculata

Ever the business man.

CemetaryKick site profile image  

7/3/11 9:34 PM by CemetaryKick

rematches need time between unless something like Shogun/Machida 1 happens