Faber happy for shot at UFC title after Cruz stripped of belt

Tuesday January 7th, 2014
Urijah Faber accepted title bout on a mere three weeks notice because he believes in his abilities.
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As Cruz moves forward, he has one unlikely supporter. "I feel for the guy, to be honest," said Faber. "We've actually exchanged some words in the last day, and we share the same general sentiment: We still want to beat each other up. I have faith that he's stubborn enough, works hard enough that he'll get back on the horse, hopefully heal up, and then we'll settle the score. And I'll get to beat him up."

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