Urijah Faber, challenging Dominick Cruz for his UFC 135-pound belt, is also challenging the champ’s mental game. The battle before the real battle is being waged through media.
“He acts one way on camera and acts like Mr. Nice Guy, and plays me off like the bad guy. He can’t expect to disrespect the things that I’ve done and want me to respect him back,” Cruz told ESPNRadio1100‘s Pauly Howard (2:15 mark). “It comes down to, don’t play the game of Mr. Nice Guy if your going to run your mouth.”
In his exclusive Yahoo! Sports’ UFC 132 blog, Faber has slammed Cruz, calling him a mental train wreck.
“[...] but the guy is an emotional mess. He goes from throwing himself pity-parties to praising himself for all that he brings to MMA,” wrote Faber.
“He likes recounting his deprived upbringing (which doesn’t sound that bad, in my opinion) and pondering how he could reach the heights he has with all that’s wrong in his life.”
“He’s talking about my upbringing. Not all of us had a lot of money growing up. Not all of us had the perfect life growing up and had our mom and dad to buy us a gym in the most beautiful part of California,” Cruz said (3:23 mark). “I’m sorry my life wasn’t as picture perfect as Urijah Faber. I had to work for everything I’ve got. I’m fighting for family as I speak.”
Cruz says he grew up in a rougher part of Tucson, Az. Frankly, can someone else really judge someone’s account of their childhood?
Cruz is right about the promotion. This is definitely “The Golden Child” vs. “The Brooding Outsider.” It may mean better business if Urijah Faber can take the strap, but if Cruz actually has his mental game together, the UFC may not get its wish. So far the bettors and Las Vegas sportsbooks are of the belief that Cruz will retain his title. He’s a minus-140 favorite.
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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
The “Fight of the Night” on Sunday’s UFC on Versus 4 card was unfortunately marred by controversy at the end of the bout, and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission is reviewing whether or not Charles Oliveira’s submission victory over Nik Lentz will stand.
Though Lentz’ coach Greg Nelson at The Academy in Minnesota posted on his Facebook page that the bout had been changed to a “no contest,” MMAJunkie.com reports that the commission has not yet made their ruling, though they should have that taken care of by Tuesday night.
The controversy surrounds a clearly illegal knee delivered by Oliveira to the face of Lentz while Lentz still had a knee on the mat. The blow was clear to the fans in the crowd and everyone watching on television, yet referee Chip Snider failed to halt the fight to give Lentz an opportunity to recover and deliver either a warning or a point deduction to Oliveira. In failing to do so, he allowed Oliveira to continue delivering punishment that was set up by the illegal blow, and the disoriented Lentz was shortly thereafter submitted, bringing the fight to a close.
PSAC officials immediately sprang to action on the incident, with one official questioning Snider in the cage right after the fight ended and Joe Rogan being given word that the official would begin a review on the fight to determine what to do after Snider missed the clearly illegal blow.
The crowd heavily booed as the result was announced, and continued to boo as Oliveira was being interviewed. The distraught Oliveira insisted the knee was unintentional and apologized, and as a result of the commission’s review of the fight Oliveira has also not received his win bonus for the contest. If the commission changes the result to a “no contest” because of the illegal blow, Oliveira will not receive his win bonus.
Both were rewarded for their efforts in what was an excellent fight up until the legal blow, however. The UFC announced after the event that each had received $50,000 bonuses for having the event’s “Fight of the Night,” and while it may wind up as only consolation to both fighters, it was at least a deserved reward for their efforts in the cage.
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Penick’s Analysis: I’m firmly in the camp that believes this should be turned to a “no contest.” The referee missed this one badly, and had he stopped it as he should have immediately after the knee, it’s wholly possible the doctors cageside could have called a stop to the fight, which would have resulted in a DQ loss for Oliveira. There’s no getting around the fact that Oliveira threw an illegal strike. Whether intentional or not, the knee was brutal and it was an illegal blow that clearly hurt Lentz. He followed that up with several strikes to the back of the head, another knee to Lentz’s face and then the rear naked choke for the submission. Whether or not Oliveira was ahead, whether or not Lentz could have been on his way to a loss, the only part of it that is relevant is that the illegal blow went unpunished by the referee, and is grounds for a “no contest.” It’s unfortunate, because it was an excellent and exciting fight up until that blow, but the best outcome here for all parties would be a “no contest” and an immediate rematch to settle things.
With this weekend’s historic “UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II” event quickly approaching, UFC officials are inviting fans to take part in fight-week activities.
MMA fans in Sin Cityfans are invited to attend Wednesday’s open workout sessions.
The session – which features Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber, Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben, Tito Ortiz, Ryan Bader, Carlos Condit, Dong Hyun Kim, Melvin Guillard and Shane Roller – takes place at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Studio Rooms A & B in Las Vegas and is free and open to the public.
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Daniel Cormier, Strikeforce heavyweight: "My father died when I was seven, but the man who raised me, Percy Benoit, told me to work hard, you’re a good person and good things will come to you."
Joe Lauzon, UFC lightweight:" My father was huge with ‘Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.’ My dad has always hustled… no matter how well he did something, there was always room for improvement and he was going to squeeze out every ounce of improvement in everything he did."
Dan Henderson, Strikeforce light heavyweight champ: "My dad was my wrestling coach for most of my life, and then when I started MMA, he didn’t know too much about it. But he’d watch my fights on TV, and I was fairly new in the sport, and he’d always have some sort of critique, even though he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. Even if I knocked the guy out, he’d say, ‘It seems like he’s hitting you an awful lot. Maybe you ought to move your head a bit.’"
Scott Coker, Strikeforce CEO: "My dad knew I loved martial arts, and he said find a way to make that your career, as you get older, because then you’ll love it, and you won’t have to feel like you’re going to work. Find something that you love to do."
Sam Stout, UFC lightweight: "My dad’s give me tons of good advice in my life. He’s the one who taught me to work for what I believe in. He’s a very motivated guy. He’s the one who taught me to stick up for myself. He’s the one who put me into sports and encourage me to play."
Aaron Simpson, UFC middleweight: "If you want to continue to be great at something, never be satisfied. He told me this after I won state my freshman year of high school."
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After he was submitted by Brian Foster at UFC 123, Brown was convinced that he would be released, and that experience forced him to grow as a fighter.
"It may have helped me because I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to be released. I was 100 percent under the impression that I’ve been released. I’ve gotta figure out something else to do. I feel like I’ve already seen the worst," Brown said.
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