The co-main event for UFC 199 has been announced and it is sure to be a cracker.
Two of the worlds most well known bantamweight fighters are set to meet a third time as Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will clash in the co-main event of UFC 199 in June.
Dana White announced the match up during the promotion’s “Unstoppable” press conference.
The two men know each other very well as their rivalry dates back to 2007 where they first meet inside the WEC cage. The bout was for the promotions featherweight title and it was Faber who came out on top via Submission. Four years on after the UFC had purchased the WEC and acquired the contracts to some of the worlds greatest talent under 155-pounds, the two men for the UFC‘s bantamweight strap in 2011. The fight lived up to everyone’s expectations and it was Cruz who walked away the winner on that night via decision.
From the WEC to the coaching roles on a season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Faber and Cruz’s rivalry will finally be settled.
Cruz (21-1) has spent the better part of the last three-years on the sidelines due to injury. Finally returning in January he captured his bantamweight title, one which he never lost, after he beat the former champion T.J Dillashaw via split decision at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz.
Faber (33-8) has, as expected, been very busy during Cruz’s absence. Fighting 11 times while his foe was sidelined Faber has gone 9-3 since the 2011 meeting between the two men. The “California Kid” also brings a win into this meeting as he got it done against Frankie Saenz last December at UFC 194.
UFC 199 takes place on June 4 and is set to be headlined by a rematch between current middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and the man he beat for that very title, Chris Weidman.