Recently Urijah Faber said he would take a long, hard look at coming out of retirement, if a bout with T.J. Dillashaw was tabled, and now the bantamweight champ has weighed in on the idea…
Talk about Faber fighting Dillashaw is nothing new, but since “The California Kid” is retired, there hasn’t been a lot of it over the last year or so. But, this all changed after Faber was asked at an event if he’d be interested in fighting Dillashaw, and the Team Alpha Male leader said it sounded like “fun”. Then, during a recent appearance on the MMA Hour, Faber was asked to expand on the comment, and he said this:
“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.”
“That’s hilarious man. It sounds like the easiest payday ever. I mean it’s just comical. I mean, come out of retirement, get a title shot off of what, losing to Jimmy Rivera and looking like crap in his fights? I mean it’s hilarious. But, like I said, it’d be an easy payday, so I guess I shouldn’t be laughing at it. I should be pumping him up.”
Now, obviously this response could fire up Faber and TAM, as well as Cody Garbrandt, who Dillashaw stopped at UFC 217 to reclaim the 135 title. But, the chances of this bout happening are extremely slim to none.
As Dillashaw noted, Faber lost to Jimmie Rivera in his second final fight, so, it would be pretty hard for the UFC to justify doing this. Yes, even by today’s match-making standards