TJ Dillashaw gave his thoughts on the upcoming return of his former friend and mentor Urijah Faber as he gets set to end his retirement next month.
Faber left quite a few people in a state of surprise recently when he announced his intention to return to the octagon to take on the rising talent that is Ricky Simon at UFC Sacramento next month.
Simon has amassed an impressive 15-1 record up until this point and is seen as a future contender within the bantamweight ranks. On top of this, he has garnered the praise of UFC president Dana White – who recently named him among several fighters he considers to be future champions in his promotion.
Dillashaw’s stock has well and truly plummeted in the last few months after it emerged that he had knowingly ingested the banned substance EPO ahead of his UFC Brooklyn showdown with Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title.
Now serving a two-year suspension from all competition, he gave his thoughts on his old head-coach’s impending fight at UFC Sacramento.
During an appearance on Chael Sonnen’s You’re Welcome podcast, TJ explained how he always saw the Team Alpha Male legend making his return eventually, even though he believes it will be a comeback doomed to fail.
“I could always tell when he retired that it wasn’t going to be the last fight. On a technical level, [he] probably maybe should have stayed retired, especially with the young and hungry guys coming up.
“I’m hoping he’s not hurting for money, even though we’ve had our beefs and whatever — you never want to wish that bad on someone. Personally, I think he probably should have stayed retired, but we’ll see. We’ll see how he comes out.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena