Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber Head to Head: Who will win at UFC 132?

 

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will meet inside the Octagon for the second time in their careers, this time fighting for the UFC Bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 132 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In their previous encounter, Urijah Faber defeated Cruz via Guillotine Choke to retain the WEC Featherweight title at WEC 26.
Here’s a quick head to head comparison of Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as a preview for this Saturday’s clash. Don’t forget to join us at LowKick.com for LIVE Chat and Play by Play discussion during the event. 

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will meet inside the Octagon for the second time in their careers, this time fighting for the UFC Bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 132 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In their previous encounter, Urijah Faber defeated Cruz via Guillotine Choke to retain the WEC Featherweight title at WEC 26.

Here’s a quick head to head comparison of Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as a preview for this Saturday’s clash. Don’t forget to join us at LowKick.com for LIVE Chat and Play by Play discussion during the event. 

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Movement: 75-25 Cruz

Dominick Cruz’s unorthodox movement inside the Octagon will be his biggest strength on Saturday night against Urijah Faber. Cruz loves to engage his opponents in different angles, and always moves in and out of his opponent’s striking range. Every distance-related task is Mission Impossible against Dominick Cruz, especially for the relatively slower Faber. The California Kid can forget about jabs and leg strikes in this one.

Striking: 50-50 Draw

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz are not exactly the most feared strikers in the UFC, so I’ll give a 50-50 draw in this one. Faber might have more power than Cruz, but the reigning Champ definitely has movement and the unorthodox factor behind his strikers. Cruz’s movement fuels up his striking, but when it comes to toe-to-toe exchanges, Urijah Faber will have an advantage, thanks to crisp boxing skills that we saw against Eddie Wineland. Faber’s success really depends on if he can cut Dominick Cruz’s movement and get him into a dogfight.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 65-35 Faber

Urijah Faber already submitted Dominick Cruz back at WEC 26. Obviously, Cruz drastically improved since the first fight between the two, but Urijah Faber still has an upper hand when it comes to BJJ. Faber received his Brown Belt after defeating Eddie Wineland at UFC 128, but the California Kid already has 13 Submission victories on his record, some of them against a proven Black Belts. Urijah Faber would love to fight Dominick Cruz on the ground, and I won’t be surprised if it’s the core of his gameplan.

Mental Game: 60-40 Faber

Yes, Dominick Cruz is the Champion, but Urijah Faber still has that “Legend Aura” that gives him an advantage in mind games coming to this fight. Plus, the fact that Faber is already 1-0 in this match-up (Cruz’s only defeat) puts a lot of psychological pressure on Dominick Cruz. The Dominator wants to prove he’s a much better fighter since the last encounter between the two, so there’s a good chance that “gameplan will be thrown out the window” at some point, which obviously plays directly into Urijah Faber’s hands. And of course the fact that it’s Dominick Cruz’s UFC debut, right into main event, only adds to all the mental pressure put on the UFC Bantamweight Champion.


16 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lowkickdodger

    Lowkickdodger

    June 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Agree with pretty much everything here only i think Faber has more pressure here. He dropped down after coming really short against Aldo.

    He’s now supposed to be more comfortable and faster at this weightclass, talked smack to a guy he already beat and a lot of people are expecting him to beat again.

    If Faber gets dominated by Cruz, the legend aura he is still enjoying is gonna diminish.

  2. Avatar of x91-iNfiNiTi

    x91-iNfiNiTi

    June 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Going with Cruz.

  3. Avatar of griffin

    griffin

    June 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    both guys want to belt both hate each other and both can bring it for 25 minutes. Potential for FOTY

  4. Avatar of MAMBA24ILL

    MAMBA24ILL

    June 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t think Cruz can hurt Faber. Urijahs wrestling might be the difference maker in this bout.

  5. Avatar of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    June 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Movement 75-25 Cruz? Don’t think so… Cruz has the movement and speed advantage but only slightly….

    I got Faber in this one by one-legged triangle choke, and yes, he can do it, I’ve seen him pull it off in training,

  6. Avatar of ian

    ian

    June 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    war cruz

  7. Avatar of Ryan Ventura

    Ryan Ventura

    June 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Personally I think Cruz got the advantage in striking department. He has the movement and the striking in MMA to compliment. This will be a close fight and a good clash of styles.

  8. Avatar of ian

    ian

    June 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    i expect a decision by won by cruz

  9. Avatar of Boner89

    Boner89

    June 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I think Faber will be able to take-down Cruz beat him n tire him. Faber by decision.

  10. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    June 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Thats what i am thinkin too. I actually really like Cruz and faber but i feel Cruz will have the points ability advantage but i am not sure he can stop urijah who I am certain can stop the champ if he can get a hold of him.

  11. Avatar of TwA

    TwA

    June 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    75-25 more like 55-45 on movement cruz may be unorthodox but faber is just as fast

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    TwA

    June 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    i don’t see anyway for cruz to finish faber

  13. Avatar of tigerstyle

    tigerstyle

    June 29, 2011 at 1:28 am

    yes, one must take wrestling into account. I think that Faber will give Cruz some problems.

  14. Avatar of Rigo

    Rigo

    June 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

    More like 80-20 movement for -Cruz (best footwork in MMA)
    70-30 Striking for -Cruz (cuz Faber won’t outstrike him)
    65-35 Brazilian Jiu JItsu -Faber
    65-35 Mental Game -Cruz , just because he is the Champion
    on a winning streak while Faber is just bouncing from a few roller coaster ups and downs at Featherweight.

  15. Avatar of retzef

    retzef

    June 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Faber wins unanomous decision…Kida

  16. Avatar of nochoice

    nochoice

    June 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Cruz is not the same fighter urijah fought, urijah imo is still the same !
    Cruz by bruce lee movement the Win !

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