UFC champion Dominick Cruz recently spoke about this weekend’s fight withUrijah Faber and why he still needs to be at this best, despite his contention that Urijah Faber doesn’t know how to win fights by beating people up:
“You can never count out a guy with championship experience,” Cruz said. “He’s got five-round style. He knows how to survive. That’s his biggest gift, understanding how to survive in that cage and not be finished. In his eyes, as long as he doesn’t get finished, he has a shot to win. So his goal is to not be finished or try to get the finish. But that’s why he loses decisions so much. Because he doesn’t understand how to win fights through beating people up decisively, combinations, mixing things up.
“So he moves backwards, he takes minimal damage and he throws haymakers one at a time in hopes that he can land that big shot and get the finish he wants. That makes him a dangerous guy throughout the fight. He’s staying alive, he’s always looking for those big shots.
“He’s always just surviving, other than that. It’s like putting a cat in a corner. They’re always dangerous at all times. So you’ve got to respect that. I don’t look past Faber on this fight, and that’s why you’re going to see the best me.”