On Sunday night, after only having one fight in four years, Dominick Cruz defeated T.J. Dillashaw by split decision to reclaim the UFC bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81.
Before Cruz could even shower, a litany of contenders were lining themselves up for a shot at the new champ.
Dillashaw said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he felt he won and an immediate rematch should be next. Then there’s flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, whose head coach, Matt Hume, put on his Facebook page, “What is that smell…..? Smells like a Superfight……!!!!!” Finally, you have Urijah Faber, who the UFC brought to Boston for the fight. In an interview during the post-fight show, Faber told FOX Sports 1 he felt Cruz won the fight, wished him congrats, but thought it was time to settle their score and make the trilogy fight.
Going through those contenders, what should the UFC do for Cruz’s first title defense? Each of them have a valid case. But if you think about it, this should be a no-brainer. Whether you like it or not, the next title shot should go to Faber.
Looking at the 135-pound division, the most popular fighter is Faber. He sells tickets, generates clicks for websites (editor’s note: thanks!) and is something only a select few fighters are: a television needle mover. Faber has won three consecutive fights at bantamweight since his first-round loss to then-bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 169 — a fight many felt, including Faber, was stopped too early.
Many feel Faber doesn’t deserve the opportunity and even Cruz felt that ….View full article