Since UFC bantamweight TJ Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao to win the bantamweight title back in April of 2014, there has been much talk of a potential matchup between Dillashaw, and his friend, and mentor, Urijah Faber.
Several weeks ago, UFC President Dana White revealed that the pair had already agreed to fight each other, however Faber spoke to media members, saying that he was never approached with such a deal.
TJ Dillashaw spoke on The MMA Hour to discuss the possibility of a fight against Faber.
“I was never approached with it. I knew it was an idea and it was being talked about, not only by the media and Lorenzo and the matchmakers, but I was told that they called Urijah asking if he would take the fight,”
“It’s just something that we’re not really wanting to do right now. I don’t feel like it’s a situation where we have to do it. I feel like I do have fights that I can fight. I do have (Raphael) Assuncao, I do have Barao to rematch, I’m hoping (Dominick) Cruz gets healthy. You know, I don’t want to have to fight my mentor. Urijah is the one who got me in the sport, he’s the one who talked me into fighting instead of going into grad school. So it’d be a real tough thing for me to have to do to kick his ass.”
“Me and Urijah are really good friends. Not just business partners in the gym, but friends. Same as talking with any other friends on the street, we talk about situations that we’re going to be involved in. He actually told me when I first got into this sport that this could be a possibility, he saw my talents and that this could be a possibility that they’d want us to fight. So we’ve been talking about it for a long time.”
“We’re on the same page. That’s just a tough one, man. If they’re going to approach us with that, I feel like it’s a tough situation to be in and I don’t know, we’re going to have to see how it goes, (how) Urijah keeps performing, who he keeps knocking off, and we’ll get there when we need to. For now, my mind is on finishing Barao and getting him behind me. I’m actually pretty pumped to prove that I’m just that much better than the guy.”