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Relatively unscathed, new champion Dominick Cruz officially sets sights on Urijah Faber again

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It appears as though Dominick Cruz's luck is changing for the better.

Cruz, who once again became undisputed UFC bantamweight champion on Sunday following a split decision victory over T.J. Dillashaw, was told by his doctor earlier this week that he has a minor tear in his left plantar fascia.

That's actually great news for Cruz, who said he slightly injured his left foot before the Dillashaw fight but felt a tear towards the end of their championship bout Sunday night. Once Cruz began to limp, UFC officials and fans feared the worst considering he has overcome 3 ACL surgeries in less than four years. Luckily for Cruz, though, his doctor said he will not require surgery on his left foot and should be back to 100 percent healthy in four-to-six weeks following a brief stint in rehab.

That brings us to who the new champion wants next.

Cruz, who was somewhat hesitant to commit to a third fight against long-time rival Urijah Faber following the win, told MMAFighting.com on Thursday that he's now all in on the trilogy.

"For the past four years, the only name I've been asked about is Faber," Cruz wrote via text message, "whether I'm on the FOX desk or shopping at the mall. Let's get him out of my face and out of the way, so I can continue to clean out the division.

"We owe it to the fans to make this trilogy happen. It's been almost a decade in the making."

Faber handed Cruz the lone loss of his career at WEC 26 in 2007 when he won via first-round guillotine choke. And while Cruz avenged that loss at UFC 132 in 2011 with a unanimous decision win, the pair were supposed to fight for a third time at UFC 148 in 2012 before Cruz suffered his first ACL injury.

The 30-year-old Cruz (21-1) has won 12 fights in a row since his loss to Faber almost nine years ago. Faber (33-8), who was in Boston for Dillashaw vs. Cruz and said afterwards that he hoped to fight the new champion again, has won three of his last four fights.