TJ Dillashaw and Urijah Faber certainly aren’t on the best of terms, but the latter does believe his former teammate and buddy would likely defeat Demetrious Johnson, if that super fight goes down.
Dillashaw has been campaigning for a fight with the flyweight champ for a little while now, but initially, Johnson argued the bantamweight champ needed to defeat a top 125’er first. More recently, however, Johnson’s come around to the idea of fighting Dillashaw, provided it’s on a big card, so they can make some big money.
“T.J., for the longest time, he was having trouble putting weight on,” said Faber. “He was 143 when he first in the gym and it was a struggle to get bigger and we talked about going down to 125 for a long time. I’m interested to see it I guess but I’m more interested in the 135-pound division as a whole. I’d like to see him defending and of course I’d like to see Cody get that rematch or some of the other guys that are up-and-coming in the division.”
“I would probably lean towards T.J., just because I remember what happened with Dominick Cruz when he fought T.J. and there was a little bit of wrestling involved,” Faber said, when asked to pick a winner. “T.J.’s actually a Division I wrestler, a very good wrestler. It would be a close fight, absolutely. It could go either way, but my insight tells me he would get the win.”
It’s a tough one to call. Dillashaw would have the size advantage, and while Johnson has defeated top tier wrestlers like Henry Cejudo in the past, Dillashaw’s striking game is much more fluid and diverse than the latter’s. Johnson, however, would almost certainly have the speed advantage.
The super fight aside, Faber also relayed in the interview that he remains in USADA’s testing pool, despite the fact he’s retired. The reason being that Faber wants to be ready to go, in case a big opportunity arises. So, you never know; we might see “The California Kid” throw hands one more time.