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UFC Quoteathon: Urijah Faber Thinks Dominick Cruz is “Lucky to be Alive” and More

(UFC 148 will settle the centuries old debate once and for all. Which is stronger, the widow’s peak or the Leno chin?) 

Though The Ultimate Fighter 15 is still a couple weeks away from airing, it seems that Urijah Faber has already begun the war of words with opposing coach, bantamweight champ, and long time rival Dominick Cruz. Set to square off for a third time at UFC 148 in June, the trash talking between these two has reached an all time high, with Faber recently setting the bar at a hole ‘notha level during a recent appearance on Inside MMA. Angered over comments that Cruz made regarding his fighting style, Faber was unrelenting in his analysis of the bantamweight champ:

That’s what fighting’s about, right? And that’s how I approach the fight. Let’s finish this fight! And he’s doing ‘point fighting.’ This isn’t a karate tournament. I mean, do you wanna take hits to the head away next? He’s alive right now because there’s rules in MMA and I had to release his neck and let him breathe! You’re welcome, Dominick Cruz, for giving you life and letting you live! Next time, I’m gonna do the same thing. I’m gonna let you live, but it’s gonna be painful. 

Something tells us that we’ll be in for more than “stank bref” jokes this season.

While we’re on the subject of heated rivalries, let’s talk about the possibility of a Ben Henderson/Anthony Pettis rematch, shall we? After starching Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, it seems Pettis is all but destined to rematch the newly crowned lightweight champ, whether or not the general public feels he deserves it. And by “general public,” we mean none other than the champ himself. In an interview with MMAFighting, Henderson put it all into perspective:

I think there’s a line. I don’t think he is first in line. I’m going to handle my business, you know, defend the belt a couple times. He’s going to handle his business. I’m sure he’ll get two or three more wins, maybe highlight reel wins, maybe sturdy wins against solid wrestlers where he can show and work on his take down defense or whatever. But he’s going to do his thing and I’m going to do my thing. I’m sure well match up one day and I’m sure it will be for my UFC belt. I don’t know if he’ll be next, but I’m sure it will happen. 

Pettis was quick to retort when questioned on the issue in an interview with Pro MMA Radio, stating that Henderson was more or less afraid of him considering how their lightweight tilt back at WEC 53 went down:

If I was him, I would say the same thing too. I mean, he just won the belt and he doesn’t want to give it up that quick and if he fights against me, he’s not going to hold on to that belt for awhile, I mean, I match up bad for him, and for (him to say) for me to work on my takedown defense, last year he couldn’t take me down and we went five rounds and I won that decision. So, if I was him, I wouldn’t want to fight me either.

The last WEC Lightweight Champion went on to say that “there is no clear number one contender at lightweight” except himself, and that the upcoming UFC on Fox 3 clash between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz is simply too far away to let Henderson sit that long. And he makes a good point. Aside from possibly setting up an immediate rematch between Frankie Edgar and Henderson, there are really not that many, if any, current lightweights that should be in line for a shot. But does a win over Lauzon, who is 3-3 in his last 6, warrant a title shot, especially considering the win only improved Pettis’ UFC record to 2-1? Discuss, Potato Nation.

-J. Jones

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oc in this bitch- February 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm
its funny how people are up in arms about how they think edgar won when he got the shit kicked out of him.look at his face it was a massacre like when sanchez got horrified and somehow got a bullshit decision.pettis wouldnt make it through miller or diaz and the only way he should get a title shot is to fight guida again.that was a different hendo before.look at the way he handled miller like noone ever has and he beat guida in a battle but clearly dominated.imo pettis is like 3rd or 4th in line.edgar would knock him out anyways and maynard would destroy him also.
ccman- February 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Unpopular opinion here. I agree with Edgar. He double duties his whole reign. I agree bendo won but it was no landslide (I disagree with cards) and for taking the rematches given against brutally tough opponents, getting out pointed where for the first time ever takedowns meant nothing, give the kid his due. He losses put in contract he has to drop weight classes.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm
@Fletch; I don't see Xeno is he hiding?
Fletch the V Stretch- February 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm
@XENO - Agreed with Cruz needing to get beat. Technically sound for sure but for fuck sake it is a fight not a karate tournament, right Faber? I got Ben Henderson in the rematch. That kick really was what won Pettis the fight the first time around.
NinjaVanish- February 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm
For someone who pretty much gets handed undeserved title shots once every six months, Faber is pretty fucking cocky.
Lesnarischamp- February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am
Bendo/Pettis would be a great match to put as the ME on FOX.
Get Off Me- February 28, 2012 at 10:54 am
Barao will get Cruz, it's only a matter of time.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2012 at 10:50 am
Faber seems to be sipping that hater aide.
Xanderschultz- February 28, 2012 at 10:38 am
I would love to see Cruz get beat by someone. He's pretty technically amazing but point fighting sucks. Losers of championship fights look completely fine after they fight him.
Xanderschultz- February 28, 2012 at 10:36 am
Does he deserve a shot just off the J Lauzon victory? No. He deserves a shot because he has a win over the champion in a championship fight and the timing is right. He's not undeserving either. It's not like Machida w/ a loss to Page and a win over an AARP member getting a shot.
The12ozCurls- February 28, 2012 at 10:08 am
@jimbonics -- Faber's dad created that chin-hole while little Urijah was a fetis. His chin has all the signs of being a "dick-dent" from daddy Faber plowing mommy Faber during the 2nd trimester. And if you still want to have sex with his chin-hole, then I assume you are hung like an elevator button.
TungFo- February 28, 2012 at 9:59 am
We all know the Baldfather is about the bucks, and Pettis/Bendo 2 will sell. We all know it's a great matchup.
Get Off Me- February 28, 2012 at 9:42 am
Miller will beat Diaz the same way Guida beat Pettis, by taking advantage of the flawed judging system. I do think there is a stronger case for Miller to rematch Bendo than for Pettis to rematch Bendo. As I said earlier, Pettis is the WEC champ who won his title from the current UFC champ, simply put that is reason enough. Miller/Bendo was not nearly as competitive a fight as Pettis/Bendo was and I believe the Pettis/Bendo rematch has much more drawing power than any other match-up the UFC can make at 155 right now. As far as I am concerned Pettis is the only logical opponent for Bendo.
jimbonics- February 28, 2012 at 9:35 am
I'd have sex with Urijah's chin-hole.
bootystar- February 28, 2012 at 9:32 am - Jesus saves
Dagnut- February 28, 2012 at 9:26 am
BJ needs to get of his fat ass before it's too late
KDHR3TBC- February 28, 2012 at 9:23 am
Pettis should receive a title shot, 2-1 whatever he was the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, the rest of the champions from the WEC in fw & bw got a ufc title by default. Pettis gets a shot off of 2 straight.
danomite- February 28, 2012 at 9:16 am
I think he needs to do something to prove that he's capable of beating Ben Henderson in a championship fight. Wait, what's that you say? He already did that a year ago?
Fried Taco- February 28, 2012 at 9:14 am
I say give it to him and get it over with. He was supposed to get a title shot when he came into the UFC, but ended up taking on Guida just to stay active. Don't keep penalizing him for fighting and not waiting for the championship match.