A bantamweight title fight between current champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber has been confirmed for the co-main event of UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4th.
These two bitter rivals have fought twice before, with Faber defeating Cruz by submission back when they were both competing at 145lbs for the WEC back in 2007, while Cruz got his revenge by winning by unanimous decision in their rematch in the UFC at 135lbs in 2011.
Cruz managed just one further defense of his title against future flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson before suffering a series of career threatening injuries that kept him out of action for several years.
However, Cruz has remarkably been able to bounce back with no sign of ring rust and won back the title he had to vacate due to his long absence by split decision against TJ Dillashaw in January of this year.
Faber has continued to be active while Cruz was inactive, competing for the bantamweight title a further two times against Renan Barao, though he came off second best on both occasions.
Now, 36, Faber has won three of his past four fights and may well see this as his last opportunity to win the title, while also settling an old score with Cruz in the process.
There was a fear that UFC 199 would be overshadowed by UFC 200 in July, but the promotion are ensuring that this is an event all fight fans will want to see with two titles on the line, including a middleweight rematch between new champion and Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman already set as the headline attraction.