Newly minted UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be making his next title defense within the UFC’s eight walls and “The Dominator” already has his sights set on his next opponent.
Speaking with Heavy.com after making his second successful title defense, Cruz indicated that he would like to face WEC poster boy Urijah “The California Kid” Faber in a rematch of their March, 2007 contest, which ended in a submission victory for Faber. Cruz called Faber out after his fight and told Heavy that he did so in the face of negative comments Faber has made about him in the media.
“I chose to [call him out] because he’s done nothing but trash talk about me on YouTube and everywhere else,” said Cruz. “I’m not badmouthing him, I’m just saying I’d like to get my loss back and prove that I’m the best in the world, again.”
The guillotine choke loss to Faber is the only blemish in Cruz’s eighteen professional fights, as his record stands at 17-1. Cruz believes that he has grown by leaps and bounds as a fighter since their first meeting and is looking forward to pitting his newly-evolved skills to the test against the only man to have handed him a loss.
“Since our last fight especially, my ground game and my grappling altogether,” Cruz said when asked in what areas he believes he has developed the most. “But also my striking, everything altogether has gotten better because I’ve been with my camp a good solid three years now and we’ve just been working, working and working on filling the holes in my game, as we’re going to continue to do. My next fight I’m going to come out a better fighter also.”
Cruz most recently appeared in action last Thursday night, where he outclassed a game Scott Jorgensen over five rounds to retain his WEC bantamweight title and win the UFC strap for that weight class. Faber recently dropped from featherweight (where the pair first fought it out) to bantamweight himself, making a successful debut by choking out Takeya Mizugaki.