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Dominick Cruz Pays Classy Tribute To Urijah Faber As Old Foe Receives UFC Hall Of Fame Call

With a wonderful little montage narrated by Ron Perlman, it was announced during Saturday night’s UFC 210 broadcast that Urijah Faber will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

When Faber called time on his storied career after a victory over Brad Pickett in his hometown of Sacramento last December, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ the diminutive dynamo from Northern California would be inducted into the promotion’s expanding HOF. Faber compiled a record of 34-10, held the WEC featherweight title and fought a who’s who from 135-145lbs Β during a 14-year professional odyssey. He also founded what remains one of the top gyms in the world, Team Alpha Male, and changed the way people looked at MMA’s lighter weight classes forever.

In sum, there are few men more deserving of this recognition.

When the wonderful vignette announcing Faber’s forthcoming induction came to it’s end, fans were returned to the UFC commentary desk, where Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and most appropriately, Dominick Cruz were poised to comment.

Cruz, who went 2-1 against ‘The California Kid’ over the course of an enthralling trilogy, was undoubtedly Faber’s greatest rival. The two didn’t seem to like each other all that much, but there was a grudging respect between them that had been forged in battle. And what better person to talk about why you deserve to be in the HOF than somebody who knows all your strengths and weakness, but who is only going to give the compliments that you have truly earned.

“It’s great to see guys who had to fight people that nobody knew – everybody knew him – and he had to take all the chances for a lot of us,” Cruz began. “He built a lot of us because we got a shot to fight him. Beating him made you relevant a lot of times earlier in this sport.”

“We didn’t really get along on very much of anything but the one thing that we did get along on is that this has to be bigger than yourself. And that’s something he’s done. He has given back to the sport so much, he has given back to his gym and all these guys he has put forth. He has put forth a lot of guys into the sport in the lighter weight classes, and the heavier weight classes, that are doing great things. So, when you make something bigger than yourself, great things happen and that’s something that I’ll always share with him and agree with him on.”

Indeed, on the very night that Faber’s induction was announced, the date was also set for a UFC bantamweight title fight between two men that he had brought into the sport and mentored from the beginning – Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw. A perfectly clear and timely illustration of exactly how much Faber has meant to his sport.

Thanks for all the love folks! @ufc what an honor! HOF

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