Right now, the score is 1-1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz will put his 135-pound title on the line (again) against arch rival Urijah Faber at UFC 148, tentatively scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Says who? Yup, it's that guy again. UFC big boss Lorenzo Fertitta, who recently turned his official Twitter account into a billboard for posting fight announcements.
But Cruz and Faber aren't doing anything in "Sin City" until they satisfy their coaching duties on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15, which debuts via its new home on FX next month (March 9, 2012) with a two-hour season premiere.
Subsequent episodes will run for one hour every Friday night for 13 weeks and, thanks to the new format, will feature LIVE fights.
Cruz and Faber have beef from their days competing under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner. Faber, the promotion's 145-pound champion, made quick work of "The Dominator" with a first round submission (guillotine choke) in March 2007.
Cruz dropped 10 pounds shortly after the loss, the first of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, and went on to win the bantamweight belt. "The California Kid" eventually followed suit after two losses to Mike Brown and another to Jose Aldo, hoping a change of scenery would help get him back to the promised land.
However, in the most recent match up between Cruz and Faber at UFC 132 -- a fast-paced and furious, five-round fight -- Cruz would exact revenge in the form of a unanimous decision.
Ever since that fateful night on on July 2, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Faber has been calling for another crack at Cruz, who he believes he defeated when they last squared off.
He'll now get another (title) shot at the culmination of the coaching season.
Who ya' got?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to the UFC 148 fight card as they become available.