Before Urijah Faber’s loss to Matt Brown at WEC 36, “The California Kid” was considered one of the pound-for-pound best MMA fighters in the world by most fans. Ever since Faber lost the WEC featherweight title to Brown, the veteran MMA fighter hasn’t been able to return to his previous form.
Faber lost two of his next four MMA fights after losing his title, before finally turning things around and putting together a two fight winning streak.
Faber surely understands the importance of his upcoming fight with Dominick Cruz at UFC 132.
“I think so,” Faber said in an interview with SBNation’s Luke Thomas when asked if the rematch with Cruz would define his career. “I don’t plan on going anywhere win, lose, or draw but I plan on winning and I plan on adding that to my list of accomplishments and going on a run and being a defending champion, then having super fights after that. Right now my body feels incredible, my technique keeps getting better and better, I’m evolving, and at this new weight I feel great so I’m just excited for the future man. This is the first step in a new direction.”
It’s safe to say many MMA fans will be rooting for Faber at UFC 132, but dealing with Cruz isn’t going to be easy. Faber did win the first encounter between the two MMA fighters at WEC 26, submitting Cruz in the first round. WEC 26 is the only time Cruz has ever lost in his MMA career, and he’ll probably be anxious for some payback.
Regardless of who wins the fight at UFC 132, MMA fans should be in for a treat with this matchup. I expect “Fight of the Night” worthy performances from both MMA fighters, and the winner will probably rule the UFC’s bantamweight division for quite some time.