It was announced via Dana White at the UFC Unstoppable Press Conference in Las Vegas that Dominick Cruz will square off against Urijah Faber in the co-main event of UFC 199.
The two first met at WEC 26 in March of 2007, where Faber sunk in a guillotine choke in the very first round, handing Cruz the one and only loss of his 22 fight career. In July 2011, a rematch was scheduled for UFC 132, and Cruz returned the favor with a Fight of the Night worthy decision victory over the California kid.
On June 4th, the trilogy will finally be complete, as Cruz and Faber are set to settle the score with the UFC Bantamweight Championship on the line.
Cruz, who only fought once in over four years due to a litany of injuries, finally regained his belt with a split decision victory over then-champion T.J. Dillashaw in one of the most technical back-and-forth championship bout in UFC history.
The question of ‘who’s next’ was inevitably pondered, and the answer seemed to be three fold. There was some talk of a super fight between Dominick Cruz and Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson, after all, was a former bantamweight, himself, however most of his success had come at 125 pounds.
Another viable option was a rematch between Dillashaw and Cruz, as the fight was as entertaining as it was close. But Dillashaw hadn’t built up the sort of championship resume that warrants an instant rematch.
When it doubt, turn to those you can count on most. Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber share one of the most storied rivalries in the history of MMA. The dislike is genuine. The matchup is full of intrigue. We simply can’t get enough of these two. And just when it seemed like the time was running out on a rubber-match, the UFC delivered.
The event will be headlined by a Middleweight Championship fight between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.
You can catch the entire UFC Unstoppable Press Conference here.