Urijah Faber and TJ Dillashaw have a rivalry that many have wanted to see settled in the Octagon, but that doesn’t appear likely to happen.
Dillashaw made his return to the sport in the main event of UFC Vegas 32 on Saturday and earned a split decision win over Cory Sandhagen. With the victory, he will likely fight for the belt next time out which limits the chances he ever fights Faber. Yet, for the Hall of Famer, he says he wouldn’t fight Dillashaw unless he got paid better.
“The only reason why I would do a fight with TJ, in particular, would be because they would probably pay me more for that one,” Urijah Faber told Submission Radio (h/t BJPENN.com). “If they don’t then I wouldn’t do it — and he’s probably the same way.
“He doesn’t want to fight me. He’s been working hard to regain his… you know, try and keep his nose clean and tell his side of the story or whatever the deal is of his cheating scenarios,” Faber continued. “He doesn’t need the gravedigger bringing up the f*cking bones of the last 10 years of him being a creep and a P.O.S. So I don’t think it’s enticing to him on that front and for me, I would do it because there’d be a bounty on his head and probably vice versa. All I can say is, he got caught for EPO, whatever it was. That’s all there’s proof of and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Faber and Dillashaw’s rivalry started after Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male to train only with Duane Ludwig. After that, Dillashaw wasn’t liked in the gym, and the rivalry only increased after he knocked out Cody Garbrandt twice to win and defend the belt.
However, Faber vs. Dillashaw always seemed like the fight to make. But, at this time, it’s uncertain it will ever happen, especially due to the fact Faber may never fight again.