Since Dominick Cruz reclaimed his UFC bantamweight championship on Sunday night in Boston there has been much speculation as to who he would defend his title against first.
While many felt that the fight with Dillashaw was close enough to warrant an immediate rematch, Urijah Faber played the role of the opportunist and called out Cruz within moments of ‘The Dominator’ reclaiming his belt.
The third possibility is that Dillashaw and Faber fight in a highly anticipated grudge match, with the winner fighting Cruz for the bantamweight strap.
TJ Dillashaw’s head coach Duane Ludwig spoke to MMAJunkie to discuss the possibilities following Dillashaw’s loss:
“If they want to put us with Faber? I’m OK with that fight. I know Faber’s looking for a payday, so let’s go sock up Faber, stay busy, and when Cruz gets healthy, let’s do it again. That’s fair and just. (Faber) barely beat a tough journeyman in his last fight (against Frankie Saenz). He doesn’t deserve to fight a top-five guy. There’s a great emotional drama to get that shot, (though), so let’s give it to him. Go kick him in the face, put it behind us, and get the rematch with Cruz. But if Cruz is healthy to get back to it during the summer, let’s do that. It depends on Cruz’s health issue.”