Friendly Fire: Will Urijah End Up Fighting Teammate TJ Dillashaw?

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By Andreas Brauning

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A guest of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for this weekend’s Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson versus Anthony “Rumble” Johnson contest in Stockholm, Sweden, Team Alpha Male capo Urijah Faber gave an interview to the international media in which he revealed some exciting possibilities beyond his recently announced Rio de Janeiro headliner versus Raphael Assunção on March 21st, 2015. 

As the bantamweight division struggles to straighten itself out to deliver current champion T.J. Dillashaw a challenger, questions have lately gravitated to whether or not T.J. Dillashaw will ever fight Urijah Faber. 

In speaking to that possibility, the California Kid said that there are plenty of exciting fights to be had, and that before maneuvering any more, he needs to focus o his upcoming fight. Then, who knows, he and T.J. could sit down, shoot the shit and decide like that. Thinking about facing T.J., however, is a little weird for Urijah to think about, he said, as their relationship is a special one: Urijah recruited him, they’ve lived together—he’s beyond just a friend. They're family.

But when they asked him if he’d try to fight for the title once again in 2015 he said that he probably would. 

So if Dillashaw beats Barão on April 25 in Montreal, and Faber beats Assunção in Rio, we may just see a title fight between homies T.J. and Urijah. And who knows, Anderson Silva has said he would fight friend and teammate Lyoto Machida, so a good fight between Dillashaw and Faber might open the gates to fights between Cain Velásquez and Daniel Cormier, or Anthony Johnson versus Rashad Evans, or Hector Lombard versus Robbie Lawler. If they fight, however, hopefully Urijah Faber and T.J. Dillashaw will not get into a feud like Jon Jones did with Rashad Evans. 


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