Dominick Cruz (17-1) vs. Urijah Faber (25-4)
Unlike the previous fight, this one is overflowing with drama and impact and meaning. Where to start?
Faber is the only man to ever defeat Cruz, submitting him in just 98 seconds way back at WEC 26 when both were fighting as featherweights. At the time, Faber was the defending champion and on his way to becoming the poster boy for the organization.
Now Cruz is the defending champion with the potential to become one of the breakthrough stars of the UFC, trying to fend off the advances of the resurgent Faber.
Did I mention they hate each other?
Hate probably isn’t the right word; it’s more like an overall disdain for everything about the other. It’s led to some awesome pre-fight banter and should boil over to produce an epic encounter in the cage on Saturday night.
Additionally, this is an “All Growed Up” moment for the WEC. Cruz and Faber are the inaugural two former WEC competitors to headline a UFC event, bringing the lighter weights to the biggest stage in the sport for the for the first time.
If you’re one of those people (like me) who spent the last two or three years telling anyone who would listen – and all kinds of people who wouldn’t – that they needed to see how awesome the WEC and their fighters were, you’ve got to feel a little warm and fuzzy inside.
At least I do. Maybe I’m just weird like that?