Team Alpha Male’s Urijah Faber has addressed the possibility of him making up with TJ Dillashaw in the aftermath of UFC 217.
True animosity can often be rare in combat sports but with us now just hours away from UFC 217, we’re finally going to get the opportunity to see one of MMA’s most vicious rivalries resolved.
In the night’s co-main event, TJ Dillashaw will attempt to win back his bantamweight title by defeating his old teammate Cody Garbrandt in a fight that many have labeled one of the best match-ups stylistically in the world of MMA today.
A lot is riding on the first title-defense of Team Alpha Male’s Garbrandt, who in the past has shown all of the quality necessary to be a nightmare at 135lbs but the stakes have never been higher and the quality of his performance on Saturday night will tell us a lot about his mental toughness.
In Dillashaw, we have a former-champion who was edged out on the scorecards in an absolute thriller against Dominick Cruz last year – but apart from that title-loss, his recent form has seen him look nothing short of stellar. Of course, his well-documented split from Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male was one of the messier stories of the last few years but with his latest title-opportunity comes a chance to get one over on his former coach Urijah Faber.
Faber, who mentored Dillashaw through his early years, spoke to MMAJunkie recently and when asked about settling the beef, seemed unsure about how things would pan about between both parties, regardless of the fight’s outcome.
“Nah, It’s just a really awkward situation. It really is awkward. I don’t know. Maybe. Just moving on is good for me.
“I’ve always just tried to move on in general. I honestly haven’t watched ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and I haven’t watched any of the buildup to this fight. I haven’t really paid much attention because I just don’t like that awkward feeling, to be honest. It is what it is.
“We’ll see how things play out. But at the moment, this is a war.”
We’ve seen feuds settled in the past after all is said and done inside the octagon but with this one – given the history between the two – it really isn’t too hard to imagine this conflict stretching out without resolution.
Of course, the fight itself will only be helped by the height of the emotion and the pair’s fiery dynamic and regardless of the politics of it all, the fans can expect an absolute treat with this one.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena