“With me and Faber, that surprised me the way he’s been acting as well. Because I’m cool with all the guys and really that’s just a way for him to push for a title fight. For him to make some money. I’ve done nothing but show respect. I don’t go out there and talk crap about Urijah and there’s plenty to talk about. I’m just gonna continue to be a humble guy and appreciate what he did for me in this sport… It’s just a little ridiculous that I’m getting crap for changing camps when it happens all the time. When guys are trying to better themselves or their career, they go to a new team or a new coach. It happens every day in this sport. What’s the big deal? It’s a little ridiculous and you just have to laugh it off, you know?”
-T.J. Dillashaw discusses the fallout with Urijah Faber after his split from Team Alpha Male during a media conference call for UFC Fight Night 81 (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Faber’s absolutely angling to get a title fight. His comments on Dillashaw turned fairly quickly after Dillashaw made the correct decision for himself and his career. Faber’s only shot at another title fight is the willingness to fight Dillashaw or the UFC being willing to book the third fight with Dominick Cruz should Cruz defeat Dillashaw. Faber’s shift was easy for him when Dillashaw moved out of his team, and whether his feelings have fully shifted or he’s used it as an excuse, the reality is that he knows the UFC can sell that fight. Dillashaw honestly shouldn’t be all that surprised.
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