The tale of how Dominick Cruz put his signature over Urijah Faber’s face on a bunch of posters has been told by Faber several dozen times and was the kickoff point for their current mini-feud. Now that the fight is finally happening in July (no TUF coaching after all, the UFC must have something interesting lined up), Dominick Cruz is bringing the story back up but adding a somewhat salient detail:
“In the beginning it had nothing to do with him at all,” said Cruz, who went 7-1 in the WEC. “In the very beginning, it had to do with the fact that I wasn’t even on the event poster and I was fighting him for a world title. That really got under my skin.
“So, my way of getting on the poster was to sign where I signed (over Faber’s picture), and it ended up pissing him off. Since then, he’s been the one calling me out. He’s done a million YouTube videos, went on like a media frenzy, and just done a bunch of YouTube videos running his mouth. After that, that’s when everything started up. That’s when I started talking because I’m not just going to let him keep running his mouth about me for no reason.
“Originally, it had nothing to do him, I felt like I deserved to be on that poster.”
It does seem less dickish once you look at the poster and see there’s not too many places for Cruz’s John Handcock to go. Factoring in Urijah’s golden boy status in the WEC, it almost makes him sound petty. Whatever the case, this is still just some stupid crap over some ink on a poster. In a few months we’ll get to see if Cruz’s dance steps are enough to keep his belt, and then Faber will have a real reason not to like the guy.