LOS ANGELES — Dominick Cruz might be Urijah Faber’s greatest career rival. But, in Cruz’s opinion, Faber’s biggest enemy is himself.
“Ego,” Cruz said Wednesday at a UFC 199 media day in Downtown LA. “I think his ego is too just big for me to handle. I think that’s his worst enemy. I don’t need to beat Faber, because his ego will always beat him himself.”
Cruz will defend his UFC bantamweight title against Faber in the co-main event of UFC 199 on June 4 in Inglewood, Calif. The two have met twice before. Faber beat Cruz in 2007 and Cruz returned the favor in 2011. This is a rivalry that has been brewing for the better part of a decade and the men have no love for each other.
Cruz, the UFC’s first-ever bantamweight champion, has his own narrative about what has transpired over the last few years. Cruz was out with multiple leg injuries, fighting just once between 2011 and earlier this year. In that time, Faber was always one of the top contenders at featherweight and bantamweight, but never won the title. When Cruz returned in earnest in January, he defeated Faber’s longtime teammate and now rival T.J. Dillashaw by split decision to win back the title he never lost in the Octagon.
When Cruz, 31, breaks down the storyline, he sees it one way: Faber, 36, didn’t let himself evolve.
“I said that’s why I don’t think that he’s grown,” Cruz said. “It’s because of his ego. Your ego, if you’re not able to accept the things you haven’t done right and look at them and put your ego aside and say, ‘You’re right, I’m not good at this, this and this,’ then you can’t grow, you can’t build those things. He’s unwilling to do so.”
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