There is no shortage of bad blood and hurtful words between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and perennial top contender Urijah Faber. Having fought twice throughout their careers, Faber winning via first-round submission at WEC 26 and Cruz edging out a unanimous decision victory at UFC 132 in the first-ever 135-pound title defense in promotional history, the two veterans are more than familiar with each others' fighting style.
In a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, the Bantamweight kingpin weighed in on Faber's current skills leading into a trilogy fight in a co-main event matchup at UFC 199 on June 4.
"I've had a beef with Faber for a long time, so why would I have a problem with that fight," said Cruz after asked if he thought he'd be fighting in a rematch with former champion T.J. Dillashaw, who "The Dominator" defeated via unanimous decision back at UFC Fight Night 81 to regain the title. "Faber is a car salesman. His gift is promotion more than it is fighting."
For what it's worth, Faber has been much better than just a guy who can sell an old Honda to a broke teenager. He has gone 8-3 inside of the Octagon since him and Cruz last met in 2011, which includes six submission wins. But, Cruz is not sold on the 36-year-old's effectiveness in 2016.
"I think that he stayed exactly the same," added Cruz. "He's good, he's dangerous. he always has a puncher's chance, he's got his weapons, but he hasn't grown. He's the same guy I fought in 2007."
Cruz has only managed to fight just four times in a near five-year UFC career, so hopefully he can stay healthy leading into his highly-anticipated grudge match with Faber at UFC 199.