Urijah Faber just completed a four fight winning streak by taking a title challenge loss – round one TKO – to Renan Barao at UFC 169 in February.
The bout marked Faber’s second fight with the bantamweight champion and resultantly, an encore defeat at his hands.
Now, with his career bookended by Barao setbacks, Faber is looking to step back into the ring with another fighter that he’s faced before.
Hoping to fight on the UFC’s July 5th TBD vs. TBD card in Las Vegas, Faber has let it be known that he’d like to take on his old rival Dominick Cruz at the “Sin City” event. As it stands, the pay-per-view has no fighters or fights assigned to it and would be open for the fixing of the match.
If Cruz could be healed up and make the night, it would stand as a great match and one that the promotion could easily hype.
Faber is the number one ranked fighter in the bantamweight division and Cruz a four time (cumulatively) UFC and WEC undefeated champion. Sitting at number nine in the 135 pound weight class and having only vacated his belt due to injuries, a match with Faber might be the perfect place to start the former champ off upon his return to the brand.
Additionally, there’s also the interest in their trilogy. As the pair have fought twice before, with each taking home a win, a third fight between the dyad is an easy sell and would make for a great co-main event, if not a main. Of course, the fact that it would be Cruz’s first fight back in nearly three years wouldn’t hurt either.
In terms of a match between the two, it would be interesting to see how “The Dominator” looks after three years of layoff, as well as seeing how Faber does without the coach – Duane Ludwig – that turned his career around in 2013.
Of course, the UFC might not be paying any attention to this at all. Chances might be good that if Cruz is healthy and ready to go before Barao’s next fight is booked, that the promotion may look to do Barao vs. Cruz and not Cruz vs. Faber. After all, that was the original plan.