Last month, Urijah Faber said he’d be willing to battle his now former teammate, TJ Dillashaw, and clearly he hasn’t changed his mind…
In October, the MMA gossip mill was put into overdrive, after Dillashaw announced he was leaving Team Alpha Male to go train with the Elevation Fight Team. It didn’t take long before Dillashaw and Faber started quarrelling through the media, and eventually both men said they’d be willing to fight. In the past, they hadn’t ruled out the possibility, but both had made it clear it wasn’t something they wanted to do.
Well, recently Faber appeared on Submission Radio, and of course he was asked about Dillashaw and the possibility of fighting the bantamweight champ. Here is some of what the veteran fighter had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Of course,” said Faber, when asked if he’d fight Dillashaw. “I mean, what am I going to tell Zuffa? ‘This guy used to fight for my team so I’m not going to fight for the world championship?’ No. That’s not going to happen.”
Faber was also asked if some tension has been alleviated as a result of Dillashaw’s departure, considering “The California Kid’s” well documented issues with Duane Ludwig. The latter continues to be one of the champ’s coaches.
“…It’s not the best feeling, to be honest. [Dillashaw] and I aren’t the best of friends like we were before. I feel like he’s turned himself into a victim in this whole situation. I feel like, in his mind, I’m ‘the bad guy’ because he left our team. I told him, ‘If you’re not on the team you can’t be coming in here and training with us.’ He feels that I kicked him out of the gym. He said it in an interview or something like that, which is comical.”
There you have it. Now, since Dillashaw – Faber would be a huge fight, don’t be surprised if the UFC tries booking this in 2016. Of course, first things first, as Faber takes on Frankie Saenz on December 12th and Dillashaw will battle Dominick Cruz on January 17th.