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Urijah Faber Says he Turned Down Fight With TJ Dillashaw

Kelsey Mowatt

Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber has repeatedly said that pretty, special circumstances would have to exist before he fights TJ Dillashaw, but as far as we knew, he hadn’t actually been offered to fight his buddy. Well, apparently that’s all changed.

Faber is scheduled to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 61 on May 16th, but in a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour”, he relayed that he was approached about fighting the bantamweight champ not long ago (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I did have a weird conversation with Dana White, where he called me after they already said I was fighting Assuncao (at UFN 62), and said, ‘What if I was to tell you that we want you to fight T.J. in April instead of Assuncao?'” Faber said. “And I was like, ‘Agh, man, that puts me in a hard spot. I think I’d rather just keep my fight with Assuncao.'”

Wow. How about that? Well, Assuncao eventually went down with an ankle injury, and the UFC booked a rematch between Dillashaw and Renan Barao for April 25th. Faber went on to add that it was “the first time I’ve ever turned down a fight” and he noted that if he defeats Edgar, he’ll be sitting at the top of the 145 division. The former WEC featherweight champ also said:

“I’m not shying away from any fights. I feel like right now is the time for me to do superfights, and there’s big fights out there for me. I think Frankie is one, I think Conor (McGregor) is one, I think (Dominick) Cruz is one, and we’ll see who else pops up in the mix.”

Faber could certainly open the door to some big / interesting bouts if he defeats Edgar. Now, the latter, also reported on the show that his camp approached about fighting Dillashaw several weeks ago.

According to Edgar, the UFC raised the possibility before McGregor fought Dennis Siver last month. Edgar was waiting to see what went down in that fight, as he likely would have been tapped to rematch featherweight champ Jose Aldo if McGregor lost. The former lightweight champ said that in the meantime, the UFC went ahead and signed Dillashaw-Barao II. Interesting no?

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