The memory of Urijah Faber’s lone win over Dominick Cruz from their WEC days is quickly fading into yesteryear after Cruz, who beat Faber in a rematch last year, saw his squad on the Ultimate Fighter 15 improve to 2-0 on the season, leaving one of Faber’s picks on the wrong end of a sensational knockout in each affair.
Cruz’s latest victory came on light night’s episode when top selection Justin Lawrence dealt with submission-specialist Cristiano Marcello’s decision to switch things up in standing with the superior striker instead of shooting takedowns, rendering him unconscious with a perfectly placed left hook in the second round. Lawrence holds a 3-0 record professionally and has impressed thus far with his Team Blackhouse-inspired kickboxing.
Next week’s episode will feature Team Cruz’s Myles Jury, a rising star who won on a previous season of TUF but was injured and forced out of the competition, with Team Faber’s Al Iaquinta.
The show’s non-fight drama came in the form of a few fairly tame pranks set off by Team Cruz’s Chris Tickle moving Faber’s parking sign inside the UFC Training Center. Faber responded by blacking out areas on a giant poster of Cruz’s face hanging in the gym, thus making the 135-pound champion look like Eddie Munster. The series of jokes ended with Cruz’s team creating a “thong” out of paper for the opposing coach’s poster, placing the garment over Faber’s notorious “butt-chin”.
Cruz’s Team: Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vinc Pichel, Chris Tickle, Jeremy Larsen
Faber’s Team: Al Iaquinta, Cristiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, Chris Saunders
Team Records: Cruz 2, Faber 0
Advancing to Semifinal: James Vick, Justin Lawrence
Eliminated: Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello
Next Week’s Fight: Myles Jury vs. Al Iaquinta
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC