Urijah Faber says "point-fighter" Dominick Cruz should be grateful he’s alive

Top Bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, who will challenge Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight title in July, responds to recent remarks made by the champion, and looks back on their two previous encounters. Faber concedes that Cruz is talented, but insists that he is a point-fighter and should be grateful that he’s alive.

Urijah Faber

“I mean, come on, let’s be realistic here. I don’t understand the way he’s fighting, so I’m frustrated and I’m saying bad stuff about it? The guy’s a good fighter. He’s good at what he does, which is scoring some points. He’s not dangerous. He’s not scary. I knocked him down three different times in three different rounds. He had 11 takedown attempts and basically got one and a half and that’s about it. So, if the guy thinks I don’t know how to beat him – I already did beat him!

He’s alive right now because there are rules in MMA, and I had to release his neck and let him breathe. So, you’re welcome Dominick Cruz – for giving you life and letting you live. Next time, I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to let you live, but it’s going to be painful.”

Further Reading: TUF 15 LIVE: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber Video Promo


32 Comments

  1. Avatar of The Titan

    The Titan

    February 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    That was awesome, I’m glad Faber said that. Think about it if there were no refs there would be a lot of dead fighters right now. It would pretty much be like the gladiator days, except with no weapons.

  2. Avatar of Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee

    February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    He’s trying to get Cruz to engage and commit. If Cruz is smart (although less entertaining) he will ignore the comments and stick to his coaches plan. It does work.

  3. Avatar of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    February 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I agree that Faber is trying to get a rise out of Cruz, because otherwise it is not the type of comment that Faber would normally make. I am sure Faber will try to get under Cruz’ skin the entire TUF season to do exactly that, get Cruz to fight more emotionally and do something stupid, like over commit. Cruz is definitely more of a point fighter, and Faber needs to try a new angle on him if he thinks he is going to beat him.

  4. Avatar of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    February 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    One of the dumbest comments I ever read…..

  5. Avatar of ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    February 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    miguel can’t make a joke on twitter but faber can say he would’ve killed someone, sigh.

  6. Avatar of Rigo

    Rigo

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Faber is such a prick! i can believe i used to be 1 of his fans back in the WEC days, he got his ass kick all over to the Bantamweight division and still can become Champion and he is still talking trash

    comforts himself with a win over Cruz that happen over 5 years ago get over it Cruz got better and he beat you.
    Faber talks about him as a finisher but in reality if he can’t choke he aint finishing nothing, besides its not like he dominated Cruz and choke him Cruz was getting the best of him on the feet and the takedowns until he got caught in the choke

    amateur mistake from an early version of what Dominick Cruz is now
    kinda remind me of GSP vs Matt Hughes 1 where GSP was doing better than Hughes and winning the round until he got caught in that submission as well.

    But look what happen next GSP beat Hughes in the 2 and 3rd fight
    just like Cruz will beat Faber in the rematch and will beat him in the rubber match

  7. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    February 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I still laughed

  8. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    February 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I think we’re going to see more of the fighters split about point fighting.
    I really hate the elusive style. I feel if the guys who can get right in your face and smash you learn to point fight they should be dominant.
    But I think thats the difference between a real fighter, he doesnt want to point fight. I feel point fighters do that because they have to not because they want to.

  9. Avatar of GoldenBibi

    GoldenBibi

    March 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

    If their were no rules, then why bother fight… Just shoot you’re enemy in the head, and get it over with… Id!ot…. Cruz will out smart him again for 5 rounds… Just like last time… UFC stop trying to make Faber champion… It will never happen… Dude is getting more title shots then Randy.

  10. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    March 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Dominick has been a prick before too. Like when he was mad at the attention Faber was getting. The whole feud started with Dominick not Faber. Faber admitted to what Dominick is good at and to what he is better at which is true. Faber is a better finisher and had Dominick in way more trouble than visa versa. You act like Faber is nothing all the time but you have to reach past your hate and grace yourself with some truth.

  11. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    March 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I agree, point fighting is more self defense and preservation skills than anything else. We waould rather see two guys who really want to finish each other not do their best to keep out of harms way as priority 1. I like seeing guys commit to a FIGHT to show what they can do if they can’t get away. But I also recognize that unfortunetley this is getting farther and farther into the sport side of things and fighters are more and more reluctant to lose out on the money and fame that comes with just winning the GAME. No rounds is my vote and then we will see the points fighters start dissappearing.

  12. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    March 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Sorry man he never once said anything about wanting to kill Cruz just that he could have and to recognize that Cruz was the only one in danger with their fights. He stated if there were no rules, which there are, which Urijah obeys because he has morals.

  13. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    March 1, 2012 at 12:56 am

    You can make a senseless rant I suppose but you knew he meant hand to hand with no rules. No need to exasperate yourself.

  14. Avatar of David Saucier

    David Saucier

    March 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Faber should be thankful he is the golden boy and constantly get title shots.

  15. Avatar of griffin

    griffin

    March 1, 2012 at 2:27 am

    come on now when he was getting title shots in the WEC it was a bit BS but at the same time the FW division at that time was pretty weak. In the UFC you cant deny him not getting a shot. He destroyed mizugaki in 1 round beat 1 former champ then destroyed another former champ who was considered top 5.

  16. Avatar of cranestyle

    cranestyle

    March 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Talking trash is one thing, but to make a comment about wanting to kill someone in the ring?

    This is the kind of thing that will give the anti-MMA lawyers and politicians a quote they will be able to use for years.

    I never liked Faber, but now I think he’s an idiot.

  17. Avatar of David Saucier

    David Saucier

    March 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I included all the opportunities he got in the WEC as well as the UFC.

  18. Avatar of japanegro23

    japanegro23

    March 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    BAM. Falcon hit the nail on the head right there. Never thought of the no round thing. Great idea.

  19. Avatar of Lonnie Batt

    Lonnie Batt

    March 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    well said falcon It alll started with Cruz,, besides I really liked what he said on Inside MMA

  20. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    March 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I joked earlier that it needs to be 40 minute fights or a finish before that.. That will fix this crap lol

  21. Avatar of JoAnna

    JoAnna

    March 2, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Yes, I agree with cranestyle. Talk trash, do not admit to attempted murder. ha ha… The guy is trying to sound real chestbeating macho man, isn’t he.

  22. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    March 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

    please watch the video, he doesnt say he’ll kill anyone.

  23. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Have u lost your mind???!!??
    Did you watch the first and than the second fight all Cruz did was run and get hit a lot than knocked down three different times so if you knew what you were talking about you wouldn’t talk shit about the NEXT BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION so know what you are talking about before you put it in writing …

  24. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    You have got to be kidding me????
    Cruz started the whole thing by being so disrespectful so if Cruz didn’t want this than he should have keap his mouth shut!!!! And I’m sure FABER would love to shut it for him and he will come July…

  25. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

    WHEN he beats him come July….!!…

  26. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Watch it how many times does one have to say he didn’t say KILL. Some people just don’t get it… Maybe they have been hit in the head one to many times…

  27. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I guess we can all think what we want some are just out there a little as someone who thinks FABER should just take that kind of bullshit that Cruz does and say. He’s probably one lucky guy has most men would have kicked his ass outside the ring all together.. But FABER loves his job so come July you will be talking shit about the NEW BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION so shut the **** up!!!…!!..

  28. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Don’t make comments when you don’t know what you are talking about….

  29. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ya your right YOUR’S was the dumbest comments….

  30. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    He does win the fights to than again get the Title Fights so stop trash talking all you haters out there find something else to do…!!!…

  31. Avatar of MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    March 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    If your going to be in the UFC fighting is what you do, now if you want to dance than they need to have different jobs as that’s not what MMA And UFC is about… Well said…

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