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Dominick Cruz “A Completely Different Fighter” From First Fight With Faber

Over four years removed from their first clash, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are set to meet again – this time for the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 this Saturday.

Cruz will defend the UFC bantamweight title against his heated rival Faber in one of the most anticipated title bouts of the summer. The 26-year-old Cruz is out to avenge a 2007 featherweight title loss to “The California Kid” and now looks to settle the score in the highly-entertaining 135-pound division.

A former featherweight champion who has since won back-to-back fights at his new weight of 135 pounds, Urijah Faber (25-4) is a pioneer in the lighter weight classes. “The California Kid” holds victories over the likes of Eddie Wineland, Takeya Mizugaki and Jens Pulver (twice), and believes he’ll score a second victory over his bitter rival on July 2. By doing so, he hopes to earn his second title in two different weight classes.

Undefeated in the bantamweight division, Dominick Cruz (17-1) offers one of the most complete skill sets in all of mixed martial arts. With unorthodox footwork, precision striking and tremendous wrestling, “The Dominator” has defeated the likes of Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez (twice) and Scott Jorgensen. Now, the champion sets out to prove that his loss to Faber in 2007 was nothing more than a minor hurdle on the path to becoming the best 135-pound fighter in history.

“This fight is going to be different because I’ve become a complete fighter,” Cruz said. “Before, it was my very first training camp. He’s made some changes since that fight, but I’m a completely different fighter. The bottom line is all of Urijah’s losses have come from guys that he can’t take down and guys who out-strike him. He can’t take me down and he can’t out-strike me. I’ll win this fight.”

UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 takes place this Saturday, July 2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, will provide live coverage of the event.