During last night’s UFC 199 pay-per-view, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz ended his near-decade long feud with Urijah Faber by winning the rubber match against his rival by unanimous decision.
It didn’t take long for reporters to ask him about his next challenger.
During the post-fight press conference, Cruz was asked about his next potential opponent, namely Faber’s teammate Cody Garbrandt. Cruz shucked the question saying he “doesn’t know” who the seventh-ranked fighter is and then going on to point out how stacked the division actually is.
“Look, these fights are hard, all these fights are difficult. This fight tonight, it was difficult,” Cruz said. “I did well, I won, thank God. I really thank God for it. But I want to be humble in defeat and when I win, to an extent. He’s talking, so I’m talking back, that’s how it goes. But the truth is, this division’s on fire. It’s my job to come in here and be the champion. Now everybody’s talking about 135 pounds. It’s stacked right now, there’s tons of guys that look amazing … it fires me up, and I think the division is fired up for me coming back after a four-year layoff.”
It looks like his next challenger will come out of either the fight between TJ Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao at next month’s UFC 200 or Michael McDonald and John Lineker at UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota.
Whoever it is, Dominick Cruz wants them to know that they will have to bring their A-game to the fight. He also loves having the attention of every fighter in the division.
“The target is on my back,” Cruz said. “I feel it, I love it, bask in it. Bring it.”
It should be an exciting few months as we make our way to the next fight for the bantamweight champion.
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