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[VIDEO] Urijah Faber Expresses Sympathy For/Insults Dominick Cruz, Calls for Interim Title

Urijah Faber is a smooth media operator. After so many years being at the top of the sport, the “California Kid” knows how to handle himself in the public eye and promote himself.

Watch the above video for a case in point. Yesterday it was announced that bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz had torn his ACL and would be out of his July rubber match with Faber. In this reaction video released by Faber, he, almost at once, empathizes with the injured Cruz, dryly starts a rumor that a woman injured the champ, calls for an interim title bout between himself and somebody else, and plugs his new book. Hell, Faber even manages to offer his unsolicited ranking of the top three guys that deserve to fight him for the interim title.

[Cruz had] been out almost a year and a half now. Once this surgery goes through, it’s going to be another nine months,” Faber says to emphasize the need to create an interim title. OK, an interim title should definitely be made, in this writer’s opinion, because any ACL surgery will put Cruz out of action long enough to warrant not holding up the division. But other than that, WTF, Urijah? Cruz last defended his belt in October of 2011. The fight prior to that for “The Dominator” was his decision win over Faber in June, 2011. Since his loss to Cruz, Faber himself has only fought once as well — one month after Cruz’ last bout.

So…Cruz has gone without fighting for about 5-6 months, not a year and a half. Faber’s nonchalant delivery almost has you believing it, though. That’s why he’s a public relations boss in addition to being a tough mother shut your mouf!.

As for the nine-month recovery time, I guess Faber is Cruz’s overseeing surgeon and physical therapist or has spoken with them and used a crystal ball. In any case, don’t let those dubious facts get in the way of enjoying this video from Faber where he wastes no time furthering one of the sport’s most interesting and real rivalries. Now, who doesn’t want to see guys who dislike each other that much, fight? Unfortunately, that will have to wait. Luckily, Faber has plenty of other great match-making ideas.

What do you think, nation? Faber vs. who, for an interim belt?

- Elias Cepeda

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linzhanbz- May 13, 2012 at 1:33 am . . . . . .
KaneThePhoenix- May 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm
Urijah is such a sad little human being. What a prick spreading that bullshit about Rousey screwing up Cruz's PCL. What a shit stirring little prick.
buyrealyoutubeviews- May 10, 2012 at 4:39 am
Hell, Faber even manages to offer his unsolicited ranking of the top three guys that deserve to fight him for the interim title.
linzhanbw- May 9, 2012 at 10:33 am
tommyhammerstones- May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm
This Uriah gentleman sure loves the topic of scat. He claims that Dominic wanted to scat. He's ready to scat on the 8th. But Domic and he will scat soon. Big deal. I scat daily.

But...whatever dude. I guess that's how those fruits and nuts do it in California.

orka- May 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm
There's no way Florian should fight at 135. He already looked extremely sick at 145.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- May 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Florian should stop eating those ding dongs and pork rinds and get down to 135
Elias- May 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm
No one is saying Faber is oblivious, dumb or bad at math. It is pretty clear to me that he said that now, Cruz has been out a year and a half, and that a nine month process of recovery would be added on to that
The12ozCurls- May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm
But he COULD be oblivious, dumb or bad at math, right? You never know.
HardKnockLife- May 8, 2012 at 10:51 am
@Elias: Your math and transcription is whack. Faber actually said, "...he's been out almost a year and a half now once this surgery goes through; it's going to be another 9 months".
So 7 months (Oct 1st to May 1st is 7 months, not 5-6) + 9 months (Faber's estimating for injury) = closer to "a year and a half".
Your nonchalant delivery almost has us believing it...

Ahh shit... 12ozCurls beat me to it!
The12ozCurls- May 8, 2012 at 10:59 am
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Except I was way less of a dick about it. I like yours better. lol
The12ozCurls- May 8, 2012 at 10:48 am
"So…Cruz has gone without fighting for about 5-6 months, not a year and a half." I think Faber is referring to the time frame between Cruz’s last fight and after he recovers from surgery and physical therapy. 6 months plus 9 to 11 months is around a year and a half. I know Faber isn't splitting the atom but I don't think he is that oblivious. At least that is how I took it. Maybe Faber is really dumb and can't count. Who knows?
Elias- May 8, 2012 at 10:31 am
NastyNate, it definitely shouldn't be - especially because they are the same weight!
NastyNate0217- May 8, 2012 at 10:29 am
Since when is getting injured in practice to somebody of Rousey's caliber an insult? I'm a judo practicioner and know that women with the right technique can be just as badass (sometimes more badass) as most men!
aprilevolve- May 8, 2012 at 10:26 am
I think Faber should consider himself lucky, more time to prepare for the beat down that Cruz will inevitably unleash on him.
Elias- May 8, 2012 at 10:20 am
It would be like Jones vs. Rashad all over again, Chonde! Former friends turned against one another
Chonde- May 8, 2012 at 10:09 am
Faber vs Rousey!!!