Urijah Faber Mends Bridges with Dominick Cruz, Open to Reconciliation with T.J. Dillashaw
UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, known for his tenure as the WEC featherweight champion and his intense rivalries, has revealed a significant shift in his relationships with former opponents. In a conversation with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Faber disclosed that he and Dominick Cruz, once fierce adversaries, have now settled their differences. Reflecting on their heated past, Faber acknowledges that while their rivalry was intense, it has evolved into mutual respect.
Faber and Cruz, who clashed three times between 2007 and 2016, were central figures in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Their rivalry, extending beyond the octagon to include members of Faber’s Team Alpha Male gym, notably T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, was a prominent storyline in MMA. However, a unique team-building event with the UFC laid the foundation for their current amicable relationship.
Regarding T.J. Dillashaw, with whom Faber had a notable fallout following Dillashaw’s departure from Team Alpha Male, Faber expressed a willingness to reconcile. He emphasized his desire to eliminate negativity and is open to mending fences with Dillashaw, especially now that they are in closer proximity.
Faber, who last competed in December 2019, remains an influential figure in MMA. His induction into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2017 highlights his significant contributions to the sport.
Faber’s journey from intense rivalries to reconciliation underscores the dynamic and evolving nature of relationships in the competitive world of MMA.