Dominick Cruz and Urijah FaberYou and your friends might be hyped about the rivalry between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, but the UFC bantamweight champ doesn’t share your enthusiasm.

There’s nothing to get excited about when considering Faber, according to Cruz.

“I was never hyped up about the rivalry,” Cruz told MMAWeekly Radio. “Nobody gets hyped up about not liking somebody. Either you like somebody or you don’t.”

Despite the history between the champ and his mortal enemy from Team Alpha Male, Cruz feels there’s no reason to get excited other than being able to defend his title. The fact that Faber is the one challenging for it makes no difference.

There’s no secret the two 135-pound fighters don’t like each other. Their trash talk has circulated in the media as much as any two fighters in recent memory. Once the two coach The Ultimate Fighter Live, the trash talk will continue.

This time it’ll be face-to-face banter, every day.

“I (going to) see him every single day and I have to deal with him,” Cruz said in anticipation of the upcoming TUF season on the FX network. “I’m going to talk crap to him, and he’s going to talk crap to me.”

Cruz will defend his bantamweight title against Faber for the second time on July 7 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas. The reality show will intertwine with Cruz’s camp in preparation for the fight, and the champ scheduled his time accordingly to allow for little distraction.

Cruz will get what he calls his “me time” to prepare for Faber when he’s not coaching.

“After the show, we’re going to have time where it’s just ‘me time’ (and) I just focus on my own camp,” he said. “I should have at least eight weeks, which is plenty of time to get ready for a five-round fight.

“It’s about teaching (the fighters), giving them everything I’ve got, and at the end of the day I can also get my workouts in.”

Coaching will be a challenge to the bantamweight champion, and challenges aren’t easy to overcome. But that’s fine, Cruz said. Challenges aren’t supposed to be simple.

Bring on the coach’s clipboard. Cruz is ready.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” he said, “but if it wasn’t challenging everyone would do it.”

Follow @Erik_Fontanez on Twitter or e-mail Erik Fontanez.
For more 
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Conor McGregor Would Demand Even Money to Make Floyd Mayweather Fight Happen

  • 28 days ago
  • 41 views

Conor McGregor's coach says that his fighter would demand even money to make a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather happen. read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 50 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

By the Numbers – TUF 23 Finale

  • 25 days ago
  • 61 views

Go inside the numbers of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, featuring a main event title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. read news >>

TUF 23 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 24 days ago
  • 97 views

No. 1-ranked* Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) and No. 2-ranked Claudia Gadelha (13-1) will be set to continue their feud at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. The two previously met in a closely contested tit read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Video: Claudia Gadelha – The Championship is Coming Home

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

Top ranked women's Strawweight Claudia Gadelha believes that she is the perfect fighter to dethrone undefeated champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and bring the belt home to Brazil. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Joe Rogan Video Preview: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan previews one of the biggest rivalries in MMA, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha fight in a rematch for the strawweight title. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 90 & TUF 23 Finale: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 20 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 200 comes our way on Saturday, but the UFC will also give us two additional events in the days preceding the stacked card. Each card features a UFC championship on the line. UFC Fight Night 90 ta read news >>

TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha Full Live Results and Fight Stats

  • 20 days ago
  • 41 views

Follow along for TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha full live results and fight stats. First fight is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Weigh-in Results: Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha Step Out of the Shadow to Make Weight

  • 19 days ago
  • 16 views

In the shadows of a crazy 24 hours, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha made weight to make their TUF 23 Finale title fight official. read news >>