Urijah Faber won’t be fighting a top 10 ranked fighter this weekend at UFC 181, but due to the bantamweight’s decorated resume and status with Team Alpha Male, it’s not surprising to see him fielding questions about the likes of Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz.
Faber is set to take on noted slugger, Francisco Rivera this Saturday night, in what has the potential to be an outstanding fight. While speaking to the Brazilian outlet SporTV recently, Faber talked about Team Alpha Male’s rivalry with Nova Uniao and of course, Dominick Cruz.
After all, Faber, and his teammates Chad Mendes and TJ Dillashaw have thrown down with Nova Uniao’s Barao and Jose Aldo several times now, and Cruz has fought “The California Kid” twice. In addition, Cruz recently referred to the renowned gym as “Team Alpha Fail”…and is set to face the bantamweight champ Dillashaw next.
The former WEC champ reportedly stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“This is a guy (Cruz) that I dislike. Jose Aldo and Renan Barao are cool guys. Cruz is a dope. I would like to put my fist in his chin at least once more before I retire. Personally, I like a lot of fighters from Nova Uniao and also the coach Andre Pederneiras. But we do have a very healthy and competitive rivalry. I know that some of my guys don’t like some of their guys and vice versa. I think that for now and for a long time we’ll have this rivalry because we are two of the best teams in the world.”
Wow. Faber’s torch of dislike for Cruz clearly still burns brightly…The 35 year-old fighter, who remains the UFC’s #3 ranked 135’er, was also asked if he’d consider fighting Dillashaw for the title. Faber stated:
“You always have to consider that idea. For me, I’ve been fighting for eleven years and I had 38 fights. I’ve been a world champion, I’ve been at the top of my division, even 135 or 145, from my entire career. For me, it’s a bridge that I’ll cross when I get there. If the UFC comes to me and say: ‘Hey, this is a fight that we want to happen now’, I’ll have to think about. It’s not a fight that I want but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
Of course, Dillashaw-Faber would make for a compelling fight on many different levels, but the chances of it even being tabled any time soon are extremely slim. If Dillashaw gets by Cruz, and that won’t be easy, Barao is still waiting in the wings (yes, provided he gets by Mitch Gagnon on December 20th).
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be available throughout North America via pay-per-view.