Former WEC champion Urijah Faber isn’t the best of friends with Dominick Cruz, but that doesn’t mean the current UFC bantamweight champion should be stripped of his title. It’s been since 2011 that we’ve seen Cruz inside the Octagon, as he has been forced to undergo a pair of knee operations.
Faber, who missed out on a third meeting with Cruz due to the first injury, recently talked with Sherdog Radio about the absence of “The Dominator.”
“I don’t feel like he should be stripped of the best,” Faber said. “The guy’s earned it. Part of the reason why he’s injured is because he puts it all out there. I wouldn’t count the guy out.”
The UFC has since awarded an interim championship belt to Renan Barao, who defeated Faber for the belt. He has since defended the title vs. Michael McDonald while awaiting a unification fight with Cruz.
“He’s still, in my opinion, considered the champion,” Faber said. “I would be pissed if they stripped me of the belt.”
Faber is set to return to the cage next month against Scott Jorgensen in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.