Recently, UFC banmtamweight champ TJ Dillashaw raised some eyebrows throughout MMA, by relaying he wants to fight featherweight champ Jose Aldo. While of course, the revelation wasn’t terribly shocking, since Aldo has defeated his teammates in Chad Mendes and Urijah Faber, it was headline worthy nonetheless.
After all, not only is Aldo one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters, but he’s a featherweight, and not a tiny one at that.
Well, recently Faber spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and here is some of what the Team Alpha Male boss had to say about Dillashaw, and how he would fair against Aldo.
“T.J. is a super competitive guy,” Faber said. “Right now we’ve got a guy that believes in himself, a guy that’s extremely talented and a gifted athlete. He can do anything. I don’t think it would be a mismatch by any means. Whoever brings their best game on that day would win. Aldo might be a little bit bigger, but I think T.J. would be the guy more willing to die in the cage. That’s just the way he is, so there’s something to be said about that.”
“I know that Aldo is one of the best pound-for-pound guys, but Chad and T.J. are both right there as well,” Faber said. “They both have what it takes to get the job done.”
Aldo-Dillashaw is certainly a fight that a ton of people would love to see. While Dillashaw might not have the size and power that Mendes has, he’s likely quicker than his teammatem and that could pose Aldo some problems.
Of course, the chances of this fight happening anytime soon are slim and none. Aldo is waiting to see if Conor McGregor takes out Dennis Siver on January 18th, and if he does, he’ll likely face the Irish star in mid 2015. Even if Aldo goes on to defeat McGregor, Frankie Edgar’s been calling for a rematch, and there’s also the possibility of a super fight with lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.
Dillashaw, meanwhile, is expected to take on former champ Dominick Cruz sometime, early next year, and that’s going to be a tough challenge.
Then, there’s another former champ in Renan Barao who’s hanging around, and if defeats Mitch Gagnon on December 20th, you know he’ll be calling for a rematch with Dillashaw.
But, you never know. Things change in MMA and often do so in a hurry.