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Morning Report: Dominick Cruz says Urijah Faber is 'jealous,' calls him a 'car salesman'

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UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz calls Urijah Faber's accusations of PED usage 'tasteless' and fueled by jealousy.

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In the build up to UFC 199, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber have been doing a significant amount of media to promote their upcoming title fight. During this time, Faber has become increasingly more vocal in insinuating PED usage by Cruz and by his former protege T.J. Dillashaw. In response, Cruz has been adamant that Faber's accusations are completely without merit. In an interview with Jonathan Shrager of MMAUnderground, Cruz expounds on why he thinks Faber levies those accusations and why they are so damaging.

"It is slander. 100% and that's Faber's style. He has no character and he proved that because before he said anything about me...he threw the kid that he mentored from high school all the way up, he threw him under the bus to try to make himself look good. That's Faber's style. He'll throw his own family under the bus to make sure that his name is cleared and he looks good...That's his style. I've known that about Faber since 2007. I've always said that. People don't want to believe it, people are gonna believe what they want about that guy, but he's a car salesman. He gives you what he thinks you want to hear instead of the truth."

The lack of evidence by Faber is what really seems to bother Cruz, and while he has made it clear in other interviews that he isn't the biggest fan of Dillashaw either, he draws the line at making unfounded accusations. Cruz cites his desire to behave as a professional and the fact that PED allegations stain a fighter's career in a damaging and hard to remove manner.

"I'm not best of friends with T.J., everybody knows that too. There's things about him I don't like also. But I'm not going out there throwing out accusations and slandering people's careers. That's a career-ending accusation with no basis behind it....You have the PED next to your name and it looks bad whether it's true or not. It just looks terrible. And that's what Faber threw at his boy T.J. Dillashaw. What are you doing man? This guy trains and works with young kids. You think his kids want to hear [PEDs] next to T.J. Dillashaw's name...What does that say about Faber? What are you doing? It's just not professional, it shows lack of character, it's tasteless. I would never do that."

The majority of Faber's remarks on the subject have been not-so-subtle insinuations as opposed to outright accusations but in MMA labels can follow a fighter for the duration of his career which is why Cruz has remarked frequently that he "speaks in facts." Cruz then went on to say why Faber is making these statements without hard evidence.

"The main act of fear is judgment. And he judged T.J. Dillashaw because he doesn't understand how he won the belt. He was jealous of TJ Dillashaw for getting the belt and he couldn't. You could see it in the picture, look at the picture of those guys when T.J.'s holding up the belt and Faber's in the cage with him. Go back and look at the picture. His face just looks silly. Blank stare. Jealousy."

It's fair to point out that Cruz's statements have the same amount of evidence as Faber's insinuations against Dillashaw, however there is a world of difference between accusing someone of PED usage and accusing someone of acting enviously. Regardless, this is only adding more fuel to the fire for when the two bantamweights meet next month which is just how Cruz wants it.

"That's the beauty of this sport. If I don't like somebody I can fight him. I don't have to deal with him. I can call him out. I can say, ‘let's solve this problem' and that's what we're gonna do on June 4th. I'm gonna beat it out of Faber."

Dominick Cruz defends his UFC bantamweight championship in a rubber match against Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on June 4th in Inglewood, Calif.

You can watch the full interview below.

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