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T.J. Dillashaw vs. Urijah Faber? “The California Kid” Would “Have to Consider It”

Kelsey Mowatt

Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber hung up the gloves before he ever crossed paths with his former friend and teammate, T.J. Dillashaw. But, the Sacramento star would take a long look at returning to the Octagon, if the UFC tabled a bout with the new bantamweight champ.

If you’re even a casual, MMA fan, then you know about the rift between Faber and Dillashaw, which spilled over into the latter’s bout with Cody Garbrandt last weekend. Dillashaw’s decision to go train in California, led to the end of his run with Team Alpha Male, and a well documented beef with Faber and Garbrandt.

Well, Faber was a guest on the latest “MMA Hour” on Monday, following the loss of his teammate Garbrandt, to the aforementioned Dillashaw. Recently Faber relayed at a Q&A that he might think about fighting again, if an opportunity to face Dillashaw arose. So, during the aforementioned show, Faber was asked about his comments, and the former WEC champ said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I was in a Metro PCS Q&A and someone was asking me, ‘What would it take to bring you out of retirement?’ I said, ‘The biggest dollars,’ and a girl said, ‘If T.J. calls you out after this fight, would that bring you out of retirement?’ And I just said, ‘That sounds like fun,’” Faber said.

“It’s unbeknownst to me if anyone’s asking for that, calling for that, or offering that. I haven’t heard it. I would have to consider that if they came and talked to me. There’s one thing I know for sure is, I’m not afraid of a good fight and I enjoy it and I like making money. But I would hate for that to be the focus rather than Cody getting back in there and getting his shot to redeem himself, because he’s been the guy who’s been there on the front lines. He’s been the guy who’s been putting in the time to be the world champion right now, and I’ve retired.”

Now, Faber’s comments here shouldn’t come as a surprise. Obviously, he would be tempted to take a title fight with Dillashaw, which, as he alluded to, would also likely drive some serious dollars his way.

But, the chances of this fight happening are slim and none. Faber is not too far removed from losses to Jimmie Rivera and Dominick Cruz, who are fighting on December 30th. The winner of that bout is very likely next for a title shot. Then, of course, Dillashaw’s made it clear he wants to fight Demetrious Johnson, and Dana White’s on board with the proposed, all-star match-up.


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