ROUNDTABLE: Are you in favor of Urijah Faber coming out of retirement to fight TJ Dillashaw?

BY MMATorch Staff

Urijah Faber (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

Are you in favor of Urijah Faber coming out of retirement to fight TJ Dillashaw?

FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Contributor

There’s an element of the grudge match here, but I don’t find this idea particularly appealing. If this were wrestling or an action movie, you would have the celebrated veteran Faber come in and fight his guts out, but ultimately get destroyed by the cocky and villainous Dillashaw. You’d have him smear Faber’s blood on his chest or maybe break his legs or something, which would set up UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson rushing out and agreeing to a dangerous fight where the odds are stacked against him. That’s the hero vs. villain climax we’re all waiting for, with Johnson winning in dramatic fashion as the crowd cheers.

This isn’t wrestling or the movies, though, so there’s really no need for Faber to be involved. Now, if Dillashaw-Johnson isn’t the next fight, then Faber can come out and get his shot. I would have Faber-Dillashaw and Cruz-Garbrandt to determine the next title shot. However, if Dillashaw-Johnson is possible, that’s the fight to make there.

JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor

No way. Please no.  Urijah Faber’s time has come and gone. He lost 2 out of his last 3 and was never able to beat the top tier of his opponents such as Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Renan Barao or Dominick Cruz. Dillashaw is on or near the same level as those fighters I just mentioned and in the prime of his career. Why would anyone want to see a 38 year old Faber get a title shot just because the two have some sort of over blown feud?  Dillashaw deserves much better than that such as a super fight with Demetrius Johnson.

JOSHUA GARCIA, MMATorch Contributor

I am a big fan of Urijah Faber and have loved his fights and his career, but he really needs to stay retired.  He would give TJ a competitive fight, but he would still end up on the short end of the stick.  Urijah has been great for the sport and was a pioneer for these lighter weight classes, but he needs to stay on the sidelines.

RICK MONSEY, MMATorch Contributor

Urijah should stay retired.  I don’t think Urijah would beat TJ, period.  Now that TJ is the champ it’s a near impossibility because Urijah doesn’t have a very good track record winning titles in the UFC.  Urijah should go back to commentary.  He isn’t any worse than some of the other fighters doing it and that’s with Snoop Dogg as his partner.

ZACK HEYDORN, MMATorch Contributor

I’m very against this. For one thing, Faber had a pretty classy exit from the sport of MMA. Like pro wrestling, that isn’t always normal and I believe he should stick to his guns because of how successful retirement went for him. In addition to that, I just don’t believe this will be a good fight. The reasoning behind it is more WWE like than it is for competition purposes. At this point in Faber’s career, Dillashaw should dominate which is something I don’t think I need to see in order to believe.

COLE HENRY, MMATorch Contributor

I liked watching Urijah Faber fight, but it was clear towards the end that his best days were behind him. He is a smart guy, and I don’t see him coming back for what would probably just be a beating. Sure, it would be a big fight, but not huge, and I just don’t see it happening. TJ Dillashaw should fight the winner of Jimmie Rivera and Dom Cruz next.


I am actually not in favour of many fighters coming out of retirement to fight anybody. TJ has other fights that I would love to see him in. I would much rather see him face Dominic Cruz, or be in a dream fight against Mighty Mouse. Is Uriah Faber still good, yes, probably? I don’t know if he is as elite as he once was and I guess I just selfishly preferred to remember fighters, as they were not as they are.

DAVE KOULA, MMATorch Contributor

I’ve so bought in on DJ/TJ that it’s not even on my radar.  Even if I wasn’t… no.  Urijah could still likely put up a good fight at 135 and 145 against most fighters, but his days of being an elite fighter are long gone.  TJ would destroy him, and let’s face it, with all the TAM vs TJ stuff, TJ already won the war, at least until Garbrandt works his way back up.  I’d also be more in favor of TJ vs Cruz again, provided he beats Rivera.

SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor

Urijah Faber has gotten too many title shots over his career and has been unsuccessful each time. Mike Brown exposed Faber years ago and he hasn’t been the same since…maybe he was never that good in the first place…

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