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Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber II

Main Event | UFC Bantamweight Championship | 135 lbs

Mmaweekly large Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz
Mmaweekly large "The California Kid" Urijah Faber

Cruz
Decision
Round 5

Dominick Cruz Urijah Faber

"The Dominator" "The California Kid"

17-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   25-4-0
Climbed to 18-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 25-5
-190 (Slight Favorite)   Betting Odds   +155 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Diego, California   Fighting out of   Sacramento, California
25 years, 9 months, 29 days   Age at Fight   32 years, 1 month, 18 days
134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs)
5'8" (173cm)   Height   5'6" (168cm)
68.0" (173cm)   Reach   67.0" (170cm)
Alliance MMA   Gym   Team Alpha Male
UFC 132
  • Bout Information
  • Date: Saturday 07.02.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: Bantamweight | 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Cruz Total Disclosed Pay: $115,000
  • Faber Total Disclosed Pay: $107,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Bantamweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Cruz

Cruz vs. Faber II Wiki Update Wiki

The main event of UFC 132 featured a bantamweight title fight with Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz defending his 135 pound strap against the only man to ever have defeated him, "The California Kid" Urijah Faber. When the pair first met in 2007 in the WEC, Cruz was only 21 years old and lost via submission in the first round to Faber. Since then Cruz evolved into one of the pound for pound best fighters in all of MMA and the bantamweight champion of the WEC and UFC. The rematch saw the fighters come into the bout with bad blood leading up to the July 2nd event. Cruz entered the fight with a 7-1 record in the WEC and no UFC bouts yet. Faber entered the bout 10-3 in his prior WEC and UFC bouts and as former featherweight champion of the WEC, the division in which the pair's first meeting took place.


Cruz came forward and landed with his first punch. The shorter Faber reached forward with an overhand right, clinched up with the elusive Cruz, and desperately worked to sling Cruz to the ground. Cruz displayed excellent takedown defense despite having his back taken standing, and Faber landed a nice punch as they separated from the sequence. Cruz began to get into a rhythm with his unorthodox style, darting in and out and side to side, but a moment later it was Faber who landed a punch that briefly dropped Cruz to the ground. Cruz immediately jumped up and continued his attack. Faber held his own in the exchanges but ate a big uppercut. Cruz landed a body shot and the Faber swung with mean intentions with his right hand. Urijah cut off the cage and darted forward into the clinch. Cruz broke free and flicked a kick at Faber's head. Cruz flew forward and Faber countered, then took Cruz to the ground right as the horn sounded for the end of an intense and very competitive first round.


Faber landed a right hand early in the second, dropped for a double leg takedown but found nothing. Cruz with a nice two-punch combination and a nice left hook a moment later. Faber had a hard time getting in range though did connect with a right hand after a few misses. Cruz seemed to have an easier time eluding Faber's attacks in the second round and chipped away with low kicks, jabs, and uppercuts that Faber had a hard time blocking. Faber scored with a good right hand with a minute left in the round and ran after Cruz who stumbled momentarily to the ground. Cruz surprised with his first takedown attempt of the fight, planting Faber on his back though unsuccessful in holding him down for more than a few seconds.


Faber landed a low kick to start round three but ate a punch to the face for his effort. Cruz's style made it so difficult for Faber to know what was coming that it appeared he was getting out-pointed by the champion. Cruz connected on a big uppercut and a low-power head kick, with Faber having a hard time getting in close. Faber finally got his arms around Cruz with two minutes left in the round, took him to the ground but Cruz immediately reversed into top position. Faber scrambled free and landed as they stood. Cruz's effectiveness on the feet was on display over the next minute, then in a likely attempt to steal the round he shot for a takedown. Faber defended and the round ended in the clinch.


Cruz landed a big right hand early in the fourth, perhaps his best punch of the fight to that point. Faber rocked Cruz and showed he still had the ability to land big shots. Cruz fell down but was up a second later looking no worse for the wear, and continued his attack. Faber stuffed a takedown attempt and with such a high pace the question of which fighter had the better endurance became important. Cruz looked for a late takedown again unsuccessfully and the fight headed to the fifth round.


Cruz landed a flying knee to start the fifth, looking to land cleanly. Faber held his ground, was taken down by Cruz, popped up to his feet and worked his way out of a precarious position with Cruz on his back. Faber landed a knee and looked for a standing guillotine. Cruz escaped, the fighters hit the ground, and were back up a moment later. In a sign of both fighters tiring, Cruz pressed Faber against the cage and seemed content to pause there for a moment with his weight on his opponent. Faber desperately moved forward looking for a finish in the final minute, but Cruz was too quick as he put Faber on the mat twice in a row. Both fighters raised their arms in victory at the bell as they headed to their respective corners and waited for the official decision.


The judges scored the bout 50-45, 49-46, and 48-47 for the winner by unanimous decision, Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Cruz commented, "To all you fans out there, thank you so much for your support... I couldn't do it without the fans, thank you... I've got to say, Urijah, man that dude hits hard... he was ready for that knee tap that Benavidez did... Faber's hands were very good, I've got to hand it to him his hands are very good... I hit him with a jumping knee in the fourth round and he's tough... thank you, hey I got my blue belt!"


Given a chance to speak himself, Faber commented, "I knew it was going to be a tough fight, I thought I landed the harder punches and had him rocked, congratulations to Dominick... I knew he was going to come in awkward like that, I decided to come in straight forward and I didn't feel like I was in danger at any point."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:17 PM ET
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Cruz vs. Faber II Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  Urijah Faber on Dominick Cruz report dead link

    In this video from Urijah Faber's camp, Faber discusses his expectations for his rematch with Dominick Cruz and how it's his dream to hold the UFC belt.

Cruz vs. Faber II Fighter Tweets

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If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Ok every1,i survived vegas!;)Home sweet home in the nice 80° sd weather!:).n now its back 2 wrk! Thnx 4 all the support peeps!
5 days
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Just played some @UFCPT with Duke from Good Morning NY. Dudes an athlete. http://t.co/uTKXf3h
5 days
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Just met Danny Aiello awesome actor, & Oscar Nominee. Super cool & loves MMA. http://t.co/7MLUzyc
5 days
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Found Twitter of Opie & Anthony thnxs for having me guys! “@SgtTasty: @urijahfaber great spot on @OpieRadio and @AnthonyCumia @JimNorton”
5 days
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Having an amazing dinner out with my Cuz Peter check the pic he had on his phone us at 8-9 yrs & now http://t.co/2VSgJKS http://t.co/HdrD0kN
4 days
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thnks Jay. “@Jayhieron: @UrijahFaber great fight the other night kid!”
4 days
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Just landed in NY after a bunch of Delays. Still sitting in the plane waiting to cross a landing strip 4 like 20 mins. NY city!...get a rope
4 days
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@JoeB135 haha i thought this Randleman tweet was gonna b coco Kenny. Surprised to actually see Kev. Tell him i said what up.
4 days
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On my way to the airport, headed to NY till Fri. Going there for THQ ready to pump @UFCPT can't wait to eat at Carmines...so good!
4 days
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Come golf at @TeamAlphaMale's "Fight 4 the Kids"Golf Tourny benefitin ShrinersHosp July 15! @ufc fighters 4 a gr8 caus http://t.co/6xRjpVV
3 days
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haha I'm honored. Feed her well. “@bframey: @UrijahFaber I'm naming my cat after you! Her new name is Faber :)”
3 days
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Im on a boat!!
3 days
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UFC 132 recap http://t.co/0ci71sm
3 days
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Just realized i'm headed to NY tommorro. Man my life has been a whirlwind. Meetn up w Pepsi folks & reppin @AMPEnergy
3 days
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Just watchd my fight again. I was pumped b4 the dec. M Thong sneaks a peak at the scorecards & get pissd, he's always lookin 4 edge. Haha
3 days
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Awesome watching @titoortiz win. Everyone was going nuts!
2 days
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Just watched @CarlosCondit's fight again! Savage! Congrats again brotha!
2 days
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The little alpha males are loving the 4th. Baby Jackson and baby Sean. http://t.co/ydTbJQT
2 days
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ok @Jarebx our boy @SneakyTommy may have u beat. He eats, sleeps and sh!@$*s 4th of July. http://t.co/z8O3GWg
2 days
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Look who showed up. @anthonynjoku his fight was unreal! http://t.co/h3Bpfxl
1 day
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Chillin w @jadesueki she just told me abt Tyson from Canada. He wouldn't bet against me at the fight. Thnks homie! http://t.co/qJHRJWI
1 day
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Neeerrrrds!!! Me @ChuckLiddell & @jay_glazer at XS http://t.co/OJa57pB http://t.co/HBSaSAj
1 day
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Am i Sonic The Hedge Hog? Check out this pic. http://t.co/jkb510Y
1 day
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@aaronsimpson yo aaron check ur DM's
1 day
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whoot! Whoot! Whoot! @PhilMrWonderful & @joeb135 have the best sense of humors in the biz! @arseniohall
1 day
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@aaronsimpson thinking XS maybe, lets hook up for sure.
1 day
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Abt to Get Dinner with a the remaining crew in vegas. Weird sleeping all day. Feels like breakfast. http://t.co/7wO3eXH
1 day
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Can't wait till next time.
1 day
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Just watchd my fight, 2 close to Really Bitch & Moan.
1 day
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It was like 100 & sunny when i went to bed here in vegas.
1 day
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This wther is unreal! Its lightenin & thunder, crazy winds & rain. Right when i start watchn the fight! Big man pissed! http://t.co/RTgrVDn
1 day
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About to watch my fight w out being biased. Probly not real possible but, I'm excite to watch. Heard it was a good one. #fightamnesia
1 day
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Headed to Palms, Playboy Club. Celebrate a tough fight. C u there.
11 hours
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Thnks for all tbe support folks! Fun fight! Get him next time.
9 hours
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Thanks to all my fans that came to support at weighins today your awesome!
17 hours
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On weight with @TeamAlphaMale. See you @ufc weigh ins!! http://t.co/ZAEnIu2
22 hours
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Feelin the heat. Almost ready! #UFC132 http://t.co/7u18RKD
23 hours
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Man what is Conner (future TAM Chmp) doing up in Vegas? He is cashin in on foul mouths in my room$1 per cuss word! Up $3 http://t.co/ipAdVI9
1 day
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hook up our boy @chadmendes for this contest @edgeshavezone u can vote here http://t.co/2MwVls6
1 day
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Nice try @dannymullen my brain power is on point. #chessclinic keep training young Skywalker! http://t.co/XRbLCAL
1 day
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okra spears, fried i think. Veggie fries. “@BatsMari: @UrijahFaber @eatlikeachamp ur okra looks pruney! Hahaa”
1 day
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So good right now. Papaya, avacado, bananna chips, okra spears, raw cashews, salsa, lime, grapes @EatLikeAChamp http://t.co/1AdLDj0
1 day
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Cameras... serious biz http://t.co/ITEnxPF
2 days
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Battle of words. @wandfc @titoortiz @TheDomin8r @ryanbader & Leban. Press conf back stage. http://t.co/XHnYFfr
2 days
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Some epic stuff here. @titoortiz & @wandfc chillin. http://t.co/x2yGgtJ http://t.co/4TDaxcx
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Cheeks r dissolving but that chin is here to stay! #buttchinpower I'm a skinny mofo! http://t.co/KyIyazc
3 days
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Had a good open wrkout, answered the same questions over & over. Haha, chillin b4 the next one. Is @SneakyTommy alive? http://t.co/FE1uOwB
3 days
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Grubbin! “@ThatOneBitch86: @UrijahFaber Well then maybe you should eat something...” http://t.co/0Kx7ju0
4 days
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haha, im hungry! “@BradTavares: Just ran into @UrijahFaber at whole foods market. Man for a 35er dude bought the load of food! Lol”
4 days
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Check out the new FormAthletics.com website! It's up and running. Looks sick! @formathletics
4 days
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Holy Crap! So happy 2 b on the ground in Vegas. Sum crazy turbulance. Good for the weight cut. @SneakyTommy needs to change his pants.
4 days
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And i'm off! @SneakyTommy in shotgun. http://t.co/0B4dMEf
4 days
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Just as Im pulling up to the airport it starts pouring rain in Sac. Time to head to the desert & the heat. #NoShirtNation #ufc132
4 days
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Official afterparty hosted by @formathletics and @MMAInc at the Palms. Going to be awesome! @ufc http://t.co/lB4BPBe
4 days
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Good session w a bunch of good peeps on the block. Big Jim hooked it up. alphamindcoaching.com http://t.co/LBThBeG
5 days
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thnks KZ! C u there! “@KoreanZombieMMA: @UrijahFaber Are you ready? I will watch you live... see you soon champ...!!!!!cheer up :)”
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i have no idea? “@656Grand: @UrijahFaber what does " all you see is the the salesman" mean?”
5 days
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@mieshatate might have to get u 2 punk this pee-on @chargers_fan internet tuf guy. Will u smack him around 4 me :)
6 days
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Great Fights tonight! @ufc
6 days
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Amazing fights! My live video chat starts in 15 min! Join in and have some fun. @ufc http://t.co/aOmZ9G5
6 days
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Dan Mergliatta is the man! Gr8 reff'n. Let guys fight to the end.
6 days
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Oh snap!!
6 days
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Death Clutch!
6 days
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Can u folks help @thedomin8r out his "Urijah Faber Dis" Video only has 682 hits. http://t.co/VmiaP8G there r a few moments in it.
6 days
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Lincoln High Fighting Zebras, Reliving the glory days. Leave for Vegas on Tues #UFC132 http://t.co/5rkwDjs
6 days
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Pat Curran just did a Peruvian kneck tie to Palomino from Peru. Thats some serious Babe Ruth shit. Bellator MTV2
7 days
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Headed to the beach in Santa Cruz, to chill and relax w some of my best friends. Listening to Tom Hopkins motivational CD. Good stuff.
7 days
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dang!! Wow! Weird? “@JoshGrossESPN: Dana White says Nate Marquardt is released from UFC but doesn't give a reason why: http://t.co/wtVNh67
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“@mikeandsilver: babesofmma: @UrijahFaber Awesome vid, freakin hilarious!!” http://t.co/9FfeH0w
7 days
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“@rmshol: @UrijahFaber dude that was a funny clip.. that round goes to you http://t.co/9FfeH0w
7 days
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this is why the Nation was created, lookin good. “@chloeanne123: @UrijahFaber #NoShirtNation what do u think? :) http://t.co/3yjeLf4
7 days
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Gotta b rough holdin those cards up looking hot. Good fights last night. “@KelliHutcherson: No energy.”
7 days
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Haha, Dom forgot pic of me beating u w 1 hand! “@TheDomin8r: http://t.co/VmiaP8G @urijahfaber...u want the belt, butt-chun not guna get it!”
7 days
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http://t.co/MTBMggu @urijahfaber...u want the belt, butt-chun not guna get it!
7 days
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Congrats to @TeamAlphaMale's @Ortegatime 4th round KO He fights Pro MMA & Boxing. Savage! http://t.co/KgQk7hs
8 days
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Abt to watch @Ortegatime Box'n match. rollin w @JoeB135 @jbmma155 @lastcall155 @FreddieBigg & Brutal benji. http://t.co/k0a4jGb
8 days
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Nice, u may have to hop up on the cage and grab a ring card. “@KelliHutcherson: @UrijahFaber I think I'm going to go to your fight :)”
8 days
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Another gr8 Cali Stach, wish i could grow one! http://t.co/FyGVcIj
8 days
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Check out my new walk out tee. Let me know what u think. Get it here! http://t.co/ErWGzp9
8 days
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gr8 vid me @thedomin8r w @joerogan & but cruz thought u were gonna show me sum style? U Robin Hood? http://t.co/eNSrY9k http://t.co/nSoqd3h
8 days
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Great interviews! @ufc: New UI with @AriannyCeleste @UrijahFaber @Rick_Story @MattMitrione @TheDomin8r @JoeRogan http://t.co/eNSrY9k
8 days
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got ya! “@ufcambernichole: @UrijahFaber follow me back this is my new twitter!!”
9 days
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Can't thank "Three 6 Mafia's" @DJPAULKOM enough! Here is DJ Paul helping me get down to weight! http://t.co/7iZVcxh
9 days
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Gracias! Yo Tengo una casa en PV Mex alli me encanta! “@silviux83: @UrijahFaber Ayy Urijah U R Really Really Handsome !Kisses from Mexico !”
9 days
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Gettin fan mail from @FaberFanMail right now check out this Hide yo kids, urijah faber shirt. Awesome! Thnx Kalia Clark http://t.co/yGJvpmJ
9 days
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Thnks @DavyLambert the headbands are $$$ http://t.co/AFeUBtT
9 days
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@Jonnybones u know this brotha!
9 days
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Really got an extra edge training w @DJPAULKOM keep a lookout for the video doc, first vid tonight on twitter, Facebook! http://t.co/X7zqlan
9 days
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Very Wise observation! “@JoeB135: Adult sleepovers are underrated!!”
9 days
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thnks girls! “@TheDemasTwins: @UrijahFaber don't worry we stole ur poster off the wall at the bar.. Put it in r purse. No big deal #support”
9 days
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Haha @jonnybones is my boy, not a prob folks. We did find his only weakness tho, picking fights. Thnk goodness that wont stop em in da cage.
9 days
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This game is the real deal! “@ufc: Countdown is on - @UFCPT comes out Tues! http://t.co/L0RntjS
10 days
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