“Hide your kids, hide your wives, hide the belt.”
This is the phrase Urijah Faber uttered into the microphone following his UFC 128 victory over Eddie Wineland. The words, of course, were aimed at UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, with whom Faber has cultivated something of a rivalry.
At the UFC 128 post-fight press conference and in several post-fight interviews, UFC president Dana White revealed that Faber will get his wish: that, after two fights and as many wins in the 135lbs. division, “The California Kid” will fight Cruz at a currently undetermined time, location or event for the title.
Faber and Cruz’s fight will be a rematch of their 2007 meeting at featherweight–which Faber won via first round submission–and because of the history and grudge that they share, there are heavily circulating rumors surrounding their involvement as coaches on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. It has been revealed that TUF 14 will feature a cast of lighter weight fighters, lending credence to the idea that Faber and Cruz will serve as the next TUF coaches (though heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos are currently coaching welterweights).
UFC president Dana White has made contradicting claims in regards to their involvement as coaches, telling MMAJunkie.com that, “We haven’t decided the coaches yet, but yeah, Urijah’s definitely in mind to be a coach. Urijah looked awesome tonight. … Urijah looked nasty in that third round with the shots he was hitting with. He looked great, and of course, he’s one of the guys we’re definitely looking at as a future coach.”
However, White also told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on Saturday night that Faber and Cruz will most definitely not be coaching the show.
“No,” White said definitively when asked if Faber and Cruz would coach TUF. “No they’re not. I’ll let you know (who the coaches are) when it’s time.”
So there you have it, Faber and Cruz will fight for the belt and may or may not be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.