T.J. Dillashaw Open To The Idea Of Fighting Urijah Faber
Bloody Elbow – Urijah Faber says it doesn’t make sense for Dillashaw to train with Team Alpha Male after switching teams, now that the UFC will surely push the match up more. TJ and Ludwig think that’s ‘crazy’ and ‘unfair’, and these recent events have made the UFC champ be more than willing to accept a fight against Faber.
Will we see a fight between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Urijah Faber, after all? Things have began to go south in the relationship between the two former teammates, since Dillashaw decided to leave Team Alpha Male to train with Duane Ludwig and the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado.
Faber has since said that while they can remain friends, Dillashaw won’t be allowed to train in his old gym anymore after deciding to switch teams.
Both Ludwig and Dillashaw appeared on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour to discuss the topic, and the striking coach says it isn’t fair for him to be banned from training at Team Alpha Male.
“It’s super unfortunate that Faber kicked him out. I don’t think that’s quite supportive or being a friend,” Ludwig said. “I think we should all be working together as martial artists. And for anyone to close the door on somebody else just isn’t fair. I don’t think that’s ethical. It’s his decision, but I don’t think it’s best for T.J. and the guys.”
The UFC champion also spoke out and said that even if he isn’t necessarily looking to fight his former mentor, the recent back and forth has led to him being more than willing to accept a fight against Faber if it was ever offered.
“You know, I didn’t think I would be until Urijah started saying the stuff he did,” Dillashaw said. “He’s the one saying he’s more than willing to fight me. I felt we were a lot closer friends than that, so I put my heart and soul into this team and I thought we were a lot closer than that. I mean, he’s obviously looking for a big fight in his career, and I think I’m…I don’t want to have to do it, but you know, if I’ll be the last statement on his career, if that’s the way it’s got to be, but that’s not really the way I want to do it.”
Dillashaw says he would take the fight and is “absolutely” confident he’d beat Faber, considering that the both of them know each other inside out.
There are only two guarantees in life, death and taxes. I guess we can add another guarantee…Faber fighting Dillashaw. Will it be for a title? Probably not, but this fight will put butts in the seats (even if it happens when they are past their prime). The history of Team Alpha Male paired with the conflict between Ludwig and Faber is better than a script. I will be on Faber’s side because winning a title and being in big fights puts money into the teams’ pockets. It stinks when somebody (Dillashaw) starts experiencing success and wants to bolt. That team helped build him, helped sculpt him into the beast he is today and now he wants to take food off their table. I am glad Faber said no to him part time training at the gym. You can’t have your cake and eat it too…Unless you are Johny Hendricks. That is funny because he missed weight.