With Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, there is little joy in their rivalry. Those two have little more than ill-will toward one another, and it shows. With Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, it’s different — at least with Faber it is.
The California Kid is almost gleeful in going back and forth with Cruz, clearly getting a kick out of having a competitor he can prod outside of the cage. The two are preparing to coach the first season of The Ultimate Fighter to be aired on FX and to be broadcast using the new, live format, and Faber is eager to provoke Cruz in that setting.
“I’m definitely ready,” Faber told MMAWeekly’s Damon Martin of coaching TUF opposite Cruz. “It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s gonna be cool getting my hands on a bunch of young, talented guys that are hungry and being able to coach those guys. And also, getting under Dominick’s skin a little bit before I get to beat him up.”
Faber admitted to thriving off of the competitive rivalry he has with Cruz, but insisted that there exist real harsh feelings between them outside of that.
“I like to have an enemy,” he said. “I don’t have many enemies out there and what a great guy to be an enemy with. The guy gets on my nerves, literally. I’m not joking about that. So, it’s nice to have somebody that I genuinely don’t like.”
Faber and Cruz will fight upon the conclusion of the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter this July at UFC 148.