T.J. Dillashaw Doesn’t Want To Fight Urijah Faber, Dana White Says ‘We’ll...

T.J. Dillashaw Doesn’t Want To Fight Urijah Faber, Dana White Says ‘We’ll See’


Newly crowned bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw shocked the world last night, not only by upsetting the odds and beating the formerly dominant Renan Barao, but by finishing him in convincing fashion. ‘The Viper’ put a stern beatdown on the unsuspecting ‘Baron’, put props where it’s due, the former champion hung on like a trooper until being eventually TKO’d in round five.

Speaking at the post fight press conference at the MGM Grabd Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, ‘The Viper’ discussed the fight with Barao:

‘I train for five round fights, even for three round fights. I’m a very well-conditioned athlete. I knew I had to pressure him the whole time. In the second round I could see a different look in his eyes, maybe I had him broke. I felt really good after the second round, and I knew I had him. It’ll be nice to get that win back against (Raphael Assuncao) that I thought I had.’

Dillashaw lost an extremely close, some might say controversial decision against the current number two bantamweight Raphael Assuncao. The split decision loss at Fight Night 29 could have seriously hindered T.J.’s title hopes, but the stars eventually lined up for the best performance of his career. The subject then moved to the possibility of Dillashaw fighting his team mate Urijah Faber, who is the top contender in the division right now:

‘Im going to continue to train with Team Alpha Male, but I’m going to cross train with Duane (Ludwig). I plan on getting my black belt under ‘Bang’, he is a genius. I still want to train at Team Alpha Male, these guys are the best sparring partners I can get for my weight class. I don’t plan on fighting Urijah, he’s helped to get me where I am at. He is like my brother, I wouldn’t like to do that fight.’

Now booked in to fight Alex Cacares at UFC 175, there is always a chance that ‘The California Kid’ and Dillashaw may not end up fighting, but something tells me that Faber will remain at the top end of the division for some time. UFC President Dana White was on hand, and he feels differently than T.J. on the subject of fighting friends:

‘You know how I feel about that, I’ve said it many times, I love that fight. We’ll see, we’ll see how Urijah feels about that. In that weight class, T.J. is the champ and Urijah is obviously a top contender. We’ll see what Urijah wants to do.’

The potential for a fight between Faber and ‘The Viper’ will always be alive until both men refuse to fight. Perhaps the rift between ‘The California Kid’ and former Team Alpha Male head coach ‘Bang’ Ludwig could lead to something down the line. What do you think of Dillashaw’s performance, and do you think he and Faber will be fighting anytime soon?

Outer Photo: Joshua S. Kelly, USA TODAY Sports

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Uriah wants Gold, there is no question about it. However, it will be some time away before Uriah will be in a position to challenge for the title because lets face it he is not the next challenger….Barao will probably be granted an immediate rematch… But after Uriah's next fight assuming he is successful, he is going to be stalking his team mate like a jealous lesbian inmate. The stage is already set for TJ to follow Duane….

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

      notice uriah is the only person in the photo without a smile on his face !

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RoryKernaghan Rory Kernaghan

        well spotted enjoy, i was gonna say something but i thought id see who mentioned it first

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

          I don't know who gets the better of the other in sparring sessions but if you knew you could beat a guy than the smile from the celebrations would be short lived….I think Uriah will play it cool because he also doesnt want to lose the champ from his gym…its big marketing….If uriah whoops ass in his next fight and TJ is still champ than this will be the time that cracks start appearing.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        Bitter sweet, wants his friend to do well but now his title hopes mean he may have to beat his friend. I have heard that Urijah is top dog in the gym. I wish Urijah was given a better opportunity against Barao. Hey they might fight now though.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        LMAO, that was the first thing I was going to type about. Faber was biting his nails when TJ won that fight. Faber has had more chances than almost anyone. If he isnt champ right now, he probably never will be.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/griffin griffin

    i could see this turning into a jones/rashad drama especially if dillashaw leaves with duane. Dont wanna see this fight though, love urijah too death but id rather see him in fun fights/superfights like vs bruceleeroy then hopefully edgar

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

      true griffin

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jmedno5891 jmedno5891

    Dana wants 2 team mates to fight!? no way I don't believe this one bit.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

    I really hope they do not fight its pointless. How would the training camp work?? They both can't be at Alpha Male. Real tough situation for both guys. If the bald mother fucker Dana try's to make this fight he better book Aldo vs Barao. If there is one fight I want to see from two fighters from the same camp its Aldo vs Barao.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    If Faber doesn't mind waiting for someone else to get the title I see no reason why they would have to fight.