"I don't feel like he should be stripped of the belt. The guy's earned it. Part of the reason why he's injured is because he puts it all out there and hits like a weirdo, but he throws punches anyways. I wouldn't count the guy out. I don't think they should strip him of the title.... He's still, in my opinion, considered the champion. I don't think you strip a guy of the belt. I would be pissed if they stripped me of the belt."
-- Even though Urijah Faber has never had the best relationship with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, "The California Kid" tells Sherdog Beatdown Radio the promotion shouldn't strip his bitter-rival of his 135-pound strap because he has been out for a lengthy period of time. "The Dominator" has been sidelined for nearly 17 months because of injury, while current interim champion, Renan Barao, has been racking up wins and defending his title in Cruz's absence. Company president Dana White recently said he would have to make a decision soon on Cruz's status as champion and fighting career because there is no set timetable for his return. But, is taking his title away the right thing to do? Faber might be right, but then again, coming off a two-year layoff and attempting to unify the belt against an animal like Barao doesn't appear to be in Cruz's long-term best interests.