On Thursday’s episode of Stud Show Radio UFC’s Urijah Faber stopped by and opened up about the whole TJ Dillashaw situation, talking in depth about how everything went down.
For those who don’t know, the UFC bantamweight champion has left his training home of Team Alpha Male, and opted to train in Colorado under the assumed tutelage of Duane Ludwig and his new camp at MP Elevation.
Below you can find some of the highlights from the Faber interview, but there’s a ton more to watch in the clip above.
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“It’s been hard for everybody, and really uncomfortable. Obviously it’s a weird situation, I never really saw it coming.”
Faber said he talked to Dillashaw about the new team, after Duane Ludwig and a reporter told him about it and TJ told him they offered him money to come train but he turned it down. Then a little while later, when a group of them went out for lunch, Dillashaw dropped the news on them, telling them that he’s going to be leaving to join the team in Colorado.
“We all go to practice and Chad’s like, ‘hey, who want’s to go to lunch?’ So we have dinner, it’s like me and Chad and my buddy Phil and [TJ’s] like, ‘hey I think I’m going to go out to Colorado for my next camp.’ And I’m like ‘OK’, and he goes ‘You know, actually anytime I do anything fight related from now on I’m going to be going out there and they’re offering a real opportunity with some good money,’ which honestly, I’m not going to put out his business with what the money is, but with this whole ‘it’s an amazing opportunity money wise’, you’ve got to be kidding me dude. You could mow lawns full time –– and make the same amount of money.”
“So I said, ‘OK, well shoot man, it’s been nice having you on the team for the last six years.”
Faber talks about Dillashaw wanting to come in and train while he’s spending training camps at a new team:
“I’m like, it doesn’t make sense for you to come in and spar with our guys. –– He wants to come back and be apart of our team, but he made a big boy decision, you know, he walked away from the family that brought him up, were a big part of his success and – friendship’s a different thing, if you want to maintain a friendship that’s built through action I’m OK with being friends with the guy, you know, we’ve been really close.”
“Is he my best friend? I would say that I have best friends that would never just walk away like that. I wouldn’t say it’s not a great friend move.”
“From this point it’s you’re this team, I’m this team.”