Former WEC featherweight champion and promotional poster boy Urijah Faber fought current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz to a very close unanimous decision loss recently in the main event of UFC 132.
The bout was a rematch of a 2007 meeting, in which Faber repelled Cruz’s attempt to steal his featherweight title with a first round submission. Considering that they’ve gone 1-1 and their most recent bout was as exciting as they come, Faber recently told Bruce Buffer on his Sherdog Radio Network program, It’s Time!, that he believes a rubber match with “The Dominator” is inevitable.
“I’m almost positive we’re going to have a rematch,” Faber said. “I think it needs to happen to find out who’s the boss. I don’t feel like I was threatened at all. I feel like I could have done more. He probably feels like he could have done more. I think it needs to happen.”
“The California Kid” admitted that he may not be next in line in the promoter’s eyes, but that he knows it will happen eventually and plans to just keep winning until he match gets made.
“I don’t know if it will happen right away because there’s other guys that have earned shots like Demetrious Johnson and Brian Bowles and even a Joseph Benavidez, who’s been just killing guys,” Faber said. “So I’m not like demanding it, but I know it’s going to happen. I’m not going to get beat. I’m going to keep coming for that belt. It’s just a matter of time. Whether it’s right away or I have to win a couple or whatever the case, I’m ready to go again. I think Dana [White], Lorenzo [Fertitta] and everyone else wants that and I think it needs to happen.”