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Cruz “Faber is Always Just Surviving, That’s It.”

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Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
(Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber staredown, photo: Scott Petersen/MMAWeekly)

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.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.