Of course, discussions regarding Dillashaw-Faber started to crank up, after Dillashaw won the UFC Bantamweight Championship last year. Faber continues to remain a top contender at 135, so naturally, people have wondered if he and Dillashaw would fight.
More recently, however, buzz regarding the match-up has reached new levels, since other contenders in Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao both incurred injuries. White has said that former champ Renan Barao will face Dillashaw next, but on Wednesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight“, he was asked about Dillashaw-Faber. The ZUFFA exec stated:
“That’s possible. Those guys have made it clear they’ll fight each other. But it’s not the plan right now.”
Well, Faber was a guest on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour”, and when asked about fighting Dillashaw, he said (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“My gut instinct is no, I wouldn’t fight T.J.”
The 35 year-old vet, who is currently ranked #3 in the UFC’s bantamweight division, went on to add:
“My money stays the same regardless of who I fight, it makes the most money for [White],” Faber said. “I have no idea, we haven’t had any discussions about it. .. This hasn’t been talked about with me or the UFC brass. I don’t have an answer at this point.”
So, there you have it. If one were to read between the lines here a little bit, they could conclude that Faber might be willing to face Dillashaw, if the promotion throws some more cash their way.
Faber also said in the aforementioned interview that he’s interested in facing Francisco Rivera again, if the UFC decides a do over is in order. Faber tapped Rivera out last month, but not until after the latter was reeling from an accidental eye poke.