Urijah Faber (26-6) is the only fighter to put a blemish on Dominick Cruz’s (19-1) record. That happened for the WEC and since then Cruz has evened the odds by defeating Faber under the UFC name. The trilogy between the two was set to conclude at UFC 148 after they finished coaching opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter.
That meeting never happened after Cruz suffered an ACL injury that would sideline him for over a year. It was revealed that the surgery didn’t go as planned and Cruz would be out even longer. He last competed in October 2011.
“I feel bad for the guy,” said Faber to Bleacher Report. “To see him have these injuries over and over again is really crappy. I wish the best for him and hope he gets better. Hopefully he has a full recovery, he can get back in there, and we can have that third scrap.”
There is no timetable for Cruz’s return and the UFC knows they cannot wait for him to fully heal, so the interim champion Renan Barão (29-1-1 NC) will be defending his title in the meantime.
Faber, who has only lost to Cruz and Barão since joining the UFC, returns at UFC 157. He meets Ivan Menjivar (25-9) in a rematch from their 2006 meeting, where Faber won due to an illegal kick on a downed opponent. That event comes from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.