Faber vs Cruz
Look, everyone in MMA loves throwing bombs to the dome. The gloves are tiny so you can really smash an opponent’s brains. However, with Cruz, his head is all over the place, so fighters tend to completely whiff on head strikes.
Faber needs to work the body and legs for two big reasons. One, those targets are harder for Cruz to get out of harms way, so Faber has a better chance of hitting them. Two, body and leg work is going to slow Cruz down.
Another facet of fighting Cruz on the feet is that his punches often don’t carry a ton of power based on his movement. A lot of times, he throws a punch with both feet in the air, gliding away. Faber shouldn’t just wade forward, because Dom is capable of putting some sting in his blows, but a solid shell and antsy feet, ready to sprawl away from Cruz’s patented knee-tap take downs are what Urijah needs on the feet.
Go For Chokes
Cruz is a wormy, slippery guy. If he does get taken down, he doesn’t spend a lot of time on the mat. Faber needs to look for submissions anywhere he can find them. I’m not expecting Urijah to smother Cruz and rain down ground and pound. If there’s an opening to grab a neck, Faber needs to take it and clamp down.