UFC: White Sees Potential Dillashaw-Faber Title Fight


hi-res-73739dbbf715c46a69a68ee6acd74783_crop_north-UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (12-2) is fresh off his first title defense at UFC 177 with a win in Sacramento over now No. 15 contender Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-3) and UFC President Dana White is already talking about a future opponent for the champ. Dillashaw defeated Soto with a fifth round stoppage after a head kick sent Soto to the mat where Dillashaw’s continued offense for a stop to the fight.

White thinks that Dillashaw wouldn’t have to look very far for a future fight contender. As a matter of fact, he may not even have to leave his own gym to find him.

After Renan “The Baron” Barao (34-2, 1 NC) missed weight for his rematch bout for a shot at regaining his title, White insisted that he would have to win another fight or two before getting another shot at the title he lost to Dillashaw at UFC 173 in May.

This opens the door for the “Who’s Next?” question which happens to be the No. 2 contender in the bantamweight division, teammate Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (31-7). Faber has won six of his last eight fights with both of his losses in that stretch coming at the hands of Barao, the first loss was a unanimous decision loss and the second was a first round stoppage.

“It’s no different than GSP and Rory Macdonald…You don’t run around saying ‘I’ll fight him tomorrow. I want his belt.’ and all this stuff. And all of these guys believe they can beat each other in the back of their minds, since they all train together,” said White, “But when it all comes down to it, Faber would 100 percent fight him for way less than a billion dollars, and TJ would definitely fight him.”

However, White gave the impression that Faber still had a little work to do to get the fight.

“Faber’s got to be in a position to fight for the title. He has to beat somebody and be in that position first, and if he is, I promise you he will do it,” White continued, “I know he will. And I know TJ will fight him, too.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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