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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/The-Titan/ The Titan

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bruce-Lee/ Bruce Lee

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    One of the dumbest comments I ever read…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ahhhhhhhhhhhh/ ahhhhhhhhhhhh

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rigo/ Rigo

    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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    I still laughed

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/GoldenBibi/ GoldenBibi

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David-Saucier/ David Saucier

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Griffin/ griffin

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cranestyle/ cranestyle

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David-Saucier/ David Saucier

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Lonnie-Batt/ Lonnie Batt

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JoAnna/ JoAnna

    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.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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 …

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    WHEN he beats him come July….!!…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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!!!…!!..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

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

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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…!!!…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    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…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMA-Blonde-Bomb-Shell/ MMA Blonde Bomb Shell

    So True