Faber: Dillashaw Fight May Bring Me Back
On Saturday night at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden, T.J. Dillashaw was able to knockout former training partner Cody Garbrandt, and recapture the UFC bantamweight title. Dillashaw and Garbrandt’s feud has centered around a long-standing issue between Dillashaw and his former training camp, Team Alpha Male, due to Dillashaw’s departure from the team years earlier. While Dillashaw’s victory closed that particular chapter in the rivalry, the story may not be entirely finished.
During a fan Q&A at the MetroPCS UFC 217 Live event shortly before UFC 217, The founder of Team Alpha Male’s and UFC Hall of Famer, Urijah Faber said that Dillashaw would be the only opponent that would interest him in a comeback.
“I would say probably the [fight] with the most zeroes behind it, number one. You know, I would say probably T.J. Dillashaw. That sounds like a good time.”
Faber announced his retirement in December 2016, citing a waning passion for the actual fights and his health for his reasons for stepping aside. He’s stayed active in MMA, working as a commentator on the Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series “Snoopcast,” and remaining an integral part of Team Alpha Male as both coach and training partner. Faber would also serve as a coach on Garbrandt’s team for his season of The Ultimate Fighter coaching against Dillashaw, where Faber and Dillashaw almost came to blows over their disputes.
Faber also told Forbes contributor Brian Mazique before UFC 217 that fighting is the “best” and “oldest way of settling disputes on the freaking planet” and that he was hoping Garbrandt’s fight with Dillashaw would settling the intense rivalry with Dillashaw. And now with his protege, Garbrandt losing the belt, and now seemingly on the outside-looking-in for a bantamweight title shot, perhaps Faber will try to kill two birds with one stone and look to settle his personal issues with Dillashaw while taking one shot at a UFC championship. After all, he wouldn’t be the first MMA legend to come out of retirement and be given an immediate title shot.