Urijah Faber would 'love' to welcome Dominick Cruz back to UFC

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rubber match! It sure beats keeping the gate...

Sure, they recently buried the hatchet, but that doesn't mean Urijah Faber would turn down an opportunity to kick the crap out of Dominick Cruz. After all, the score is tied at one apiece, so a trilogy would help settle, once and for all, who the better fighter is.

"The California Kid" submitted Cruz over seven years ago under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner, but was unable to replicate that performance in their UFC 132 rematch, keeping the 135-pound title in full control of "The Dominator."

Then came the injuries.

With Cruz busted up and unable to compete, he was forced to surrender his division title to Renan Barao, who defeated Faber twice since getting his hands on the gold. And because Cruz hasn't competed since 2011, he might be looking for a tune-up fight before trying to unseat the Brazilian.

And that's just fine with Faber (via The Roar):

"I would love to have that fight, people have asked me which fights I want. If we can make it happen let's do it, if not I'm ready for whoever they say. I feel like fighting is so mental. As long as [Cruz] looks into himself he will bring his best performance, but I plan on being better."

Cruz is currently rehabbing a groin injury.

Like his longtime rival, Faber was king of the hill in the early days, but has been unable reach the summit since joining UFC. The difference is, Cruz hasn't had a chance to try, because he's been so riddled with injuries. Hopefully he can make it back by the end of this summer.

But would a Faber rubber match interest you?

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