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Urijah Faber Earns Rubbermatch With Dominick Cruz

We appreciate the novelty of a t-shirt submission, Urijah, but that message is far too long for a voicemail. (Pic:

‘Secure a win, and ask for a title shot.’ It’s something we see from top contenders–and even not-quite top contenders–every event. But last night Urijah Faber seemed intent on finishing his opponent and letting his performance demand the title bout for him. He did. It did.

Faber came out aggressively, throwing powerful combinations that kept Brian Bowles moving backwards. He also found a home for a score of uppercuts, one of which would spell the beginning of the end for the former WEC Bantamweight champion. With a second round ‘submission of the night’ victory, Faber emphatically punched his ticket to a rubbermatch with UFC Bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz.

Though not officially signed, the hype for the trilogy started in the Octagon last night with Faber’s post fight interview:

“Dominick, you can run but you can’t hide, homeboy. Throw some gel in that widow’s peak. Let’s do some work. Let’s do battle.”

Awww, dayum! Calling the champ out is one thing, Urijah, but calling him out on his hair is a serious faux pas.

A chance to relive their show stopping performance at UFC 132 is just too good for Zuffa to pass up, and it may prove too good to contain in a simple pay-per-view. Though White wouldn’t commit, his quiet grin conveyed that he’s giving serious thought to the pair serving as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. White remarked that the two could hypothetically start filming their season in March for the live revisioning of the reality television franchise.


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Todd M- November 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm
@ AndyInflammatory, Yeah mate I was thinking the same thing Widow's Peak > WhiteBoy Cornrows.
chzhrr- November 21, 2011 at 10:44 am
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EnemyofReality- November 21, 2011 at 1:15 am
Faber is awesome but I really don't want to see him fight Cruz again. Bring in Christina Santos to fight him at 145!
coloradored- November 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm
All Dana does is pick on the Jackson camp. He should make butt chin fight his training partner Joseph benivedez for the right to get a title shot.Dana knows benividez would win and his man crush Uriah would beg him for a 125lb.div.
AndyInflammatory- November 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm
when you share a hairstyle with most of womens MMA it's a bit rich to be calling out anybody else
NinjaVanish- November 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Totally agree with Danomite, Faber gets a title shot whenever he fucking wins a fight, its ridiculous. Zuffa nut hugs this kid so hard. How about letting him win two, maybe even three fights in a row before giving him ANOTHER shot at a guy who beat him four fucking months ago? At least BJ has been exposed now so he wont get title shots by request. It's hard to like Faber when he clearly gets preferential treatment.
Xanderschultz- November 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Does anyone else feel really lost as to the food chain at 135. At light heavy, I feel like I can name who I think is 1-15 in order confidently. At 135, I know Faber and Cruz are really good, and Bowles, Johnson, and Torres are not quite as good, and that's kinda all I got. Maybe because the talent is still pretty spread out between orgs at this point? idk
BryanF- November 20, 2011 at 10:39 am
Faber damn near cleared half the octagon powering up for that uppercut. I thought he was planning on doing this:
danomite- November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am
so who gets more undeserved title shots, Faber or BJ? the guy's lost the last four title fights he's been in.
MMA Mafia- November 20, 2011 at 10:09 am
Butt chin vs Widow's Peak. It sounds like two gay comic book heroes about to fight. But I still can't wait. Something tells me Cruz outpoints him in another close UD. I still wanna see it damn'it!

My captcha looked like a Taliban chemistry dirty bomb equation. SMH
RoJoegan- November 20, 2011 at 9:34 am
Faber's uppercut was better-than-textbook: