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Urijah Faber Admits That Cruz’s Skills Have Progressed — From Being “Terrible”

During his reign as WEC featherweight champion, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber dispatched of Dominick Cruz in much the same fashion by which he repelled most all other challengers to his belt: with ease.

When they met in 2007 at WEC 26, Faber needed only two minutes to submit Cruz with a guillotine choke. Now, four years later, “The Dominator” is lording over the bantamweight division in much the same fashion which Faber did at featherweight, and Faber will be gunning for his strap in a turn of the tables.

Though the 32-year-old will admit that Cruz’s skills have progressed since their first meeting, he maintains that he still isn’t that impressed by his rivals abilities.

As he recently explained during an appearance on’s The Savage Dog Show: “He’s a better fighter, but I think he had a lot more room for improvement back then. He was pretty bad. He’s good now, but it’s not like he’s been knocking everyone out. It’s not like he’s been submitting everybody. He’s beat some pretty good guys and a couple of guys that are really good. Although it’s pretty impressive, it’s not that dangerous. The bottom line is, I’m the more dangerous fighter.

“Have we both improved? Yes,” Faber summed up, “but he just came from really being terrible.”

Faber and Cruz will meet in the main event of UFC 132, which goes down this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.