In Dominick Cruz’s three-year absence due to injuries, Faber teammate TJ Dillashaw (11-2) has become the new UFC bantamweight champion. After his stunningly quick and dominating win over Takeya Mizugaki last month, Cruz was quick to call out “Team Alpha Fail,” as he called Dillashaw and his Team Alpha Male stablemates.
Despite how it may appear, however, Dominick Cruz (20-1) says he doesn’t have anything personal against TJ Dillashaw or Team Alpha Male. Cruz has a long-running feud with the team’s founder, Urijah Faber, and the two have faced off twice with each of them owning a victory over the other.
“It’s just, man, he’s got my belt, and he thinks it’s his, and it’s not,” Cruz explained recently.
“So it’s me vs. Team Alpha Male.”
Cruz feels as though he has already dealt with the team’s leader Faber, but now has to take out another Alpha Male guy in Dillashaw. The “Dominator” is fine with it because, as he sees it, he’s got a style custom-built to beat those types of athletic wrestlers.
“The truth is, I cut one head off and another one keeps popping up,” Cruz said.
“So I’ve already realized in my head, I’m fighting these guys. If it’s all of them, OK, let’s do it. I have a good track record against their style of fighting, and it’s not a personal thing when it comes to T.J. Dillashaw.”
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