If you’ve been predicting that things would get a wee bit tense between Urijah Faber and TJ Dillashaw, well, it looks like you can start busting out the ‘I told you so’s’.
As you know, recently Dillashaw announced that he’s leaving Team Alpha Male and will be training with Elevation Fight Team in Colorado. The UFC’s bantamweight champ will also be doing some training with Duane Ludwig, who feuded with Faber since he left TAM’s head coaching position.
After Dillashaw confirmed that he’s heading to Colorado, Faber made it clear he isn’t too thrilled with how the champ’s departure played out. The TAM founder also relayed that Dillashaw won’t be allowed to train with the Sacramento camp moving forward.
Dillashaw appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday to discuss his split from TAM. The dynamic fighter has repeatedly said he wasn’t interested in fighting Faber, but would he now? Considering everything that’s transpired? Here’s some of what Dillashaw had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“You know, I didn’t think I would be until Urijah started saying the stuff he did,” Dillashaw said. “He’s the one saying he’s more than willing to fight me. I felt we were a lot closer friends than that, so I put my heart and soul into this team and I thought we were a lot closer than that. I mean, he’s obviously looking for a big fight in his career, and I think I’m…I don’t want to have to do it, but you know, if I’ll be the last statement on his career, if that’s the way it’s got to be, but that’s not really the way I want to do it.”
Now if you’re thinking that quote doesn’t really provide a solid answer, Dillashaw was asked again if he’d fight Faber, and he reportedly said “yeah”.
Dillashaw repeated that he doesn’t want to fight Faber, but really, he likely understands that it’s a fight the UFC could offer. Obviously, the whole former teammate angle would move tickets and then some.
But, a lot has to fall into place before this can happen. Dillashaw has to get by Dominick Cruz on January 17th and Faber has to defeat Frankie Saenz on December 12th. It’s also conceivable that if Dillashaw loses to Cruz, then the UFC might inquire about a bout with Faber as well.