I suppose it should be no surprise to anyone that Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber still don’t like eachother. Maybe things will change after they duke it out for five rounds this Saturday. Or maybe Dominick Cruz will dance around for the entire fight, take a decision, and then draw all over a lifesize cutout of Urijah Faber just to rub it in. Urijah sure has let that kinda behavior get to him:
He likes recounting his deprived upbringing (which doesn’t sound that bad, in my opinion) and pondering how he could reach the heights he has with all that’s wrong in his life. Along the way he has made mention of how things have been “handed” to me in my career of nearly 30 fights (which started nearly eight years ago in tiny American Indian casinos, the only place allowed in California at the time), managed to deface more posters of me in gyms and make negative statements about me over the years in gyms in my home state of California.
Meanwhile, Dominick is pissed off at being shoehorned into a bad guy role by one of the most loved guys in the sport. It’s like being called a child molester by Mr Popularity … even if it ain’t true, it must still suck that lots of people believe it. The last straw was when Urijah questioned Cruz’s ‘deprived upbringing’, saying ‘it doesn’t sound so bad.’ How did Dominick lash back out? By calling Urijah a spoiled rich brat:
“He’s talking about my upbringing. Not all of us had a lot of money growing up. Not all of us had the perfect life growing up and had our mom and dad to buy us a gym in the most beautiful part of California,” Cruz said (3:23 mark). “I’m sorry my life wasn’t as picture perfect as Urijah Faber. I had to work for everything I’ve got. I’m fighting for family as I speak.”
Maybe part of Urijah Faber’s gameplan is to have Dominick Cruz so emotionally involved in the fight that he spends less time being elusive and more time trying to hurt the guy he hates. Who knows if that’s gonna work, but one thing is for sure: we’ve got a nice little grudge match on our hands Saturday night.