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.
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.
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.
“I’m super excited for my UFC title shot,” Faber said. “I’ve been waiting my entire career for this and I’m not going to let Dominick get in my way. It’s a great matchup for me and I’m taking the UFC belt back to Sacramento!”
UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 takes place this Saturday, July 2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, FightLine.com will provide live coverage of the event.