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Morning Report: T.J. Dillashaw says fight with Urijah Faber would be the 'easiest payday ever'

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When T.J. Dillashaw knocked out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, not only did he regain the UFC bantamweight title, he may also have regained one of the lost money fights of his career.

Dillashaw’s former teammate, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, is one of the most popular fighters in history and a pioneer of the sub-155 pound weight classes in the sport. When Faber and Dillashaw had their very public falling out a few years ago, it was assumed that eventually the two would come to blows in the cage in a marquee matchup. Then, Faber retired from the sport and his newest protege, Garbrandt, became champion and fans had to settle for that feud instead. But Garbrandt’s loss has Faber hinting at coming out of retirement for a Dillashaw fight, and though the new 135-pound champ seems to find the idea ridiculous, he’s also not against it at all.

Speaking recently to BJ Penn Radio, Dillashaw called Faber “the easiest payday ever” and suggested that it would be crazy for Faber to get a title shot now but that it would be great for him if Faber did.

“That’s hilarious man. It sounds like the easiest payday ever. I mean it’s just comical. I mean, come out of retirement, get a title shot off of what, losing to Jimmy Rivera and looking like crap in his fights? I mean it’s hilarious. But, like I said, it’d be an easy payday, so I guess I shouldn’t be laughing at it. I should be pumping him up.”

Faber is the former WEC featherweight champion and challenged for four separate belts over his UFC career, coming up short in each attempt. His latest title shot came in a trilogy fight against Cruz last June. After that he dropped a decision to Jimmie Rivera before retiring last December with a unanimous decision win over Brad Pickett. Meanwhile, Dillashaw has been campaigning for his own title shot against flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson.


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Dustin Poirier beat Anthony Pettis and the rest of UFC Norfolk’s results.

DX. Dillashaw wants to defend titles in two divisions, tells Dominick Cruz to “suck it.”

Goals. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vows to regain UFC title by May 2018.

Future. Matt Brown is noncommittal about his fighting future after savage KO win.


VIDEO STEW

Excellent back and forth here. Seems like this is the fight that’s gonna happen.

UFC boxing getting some love.

Thug Rose.

Fun look at Usman.

Chael on Conor’s Bellator appearance.

UFC 3 gameplay vid.

LFA 27 highlights.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Norfolk.

Severe MMA. Bellator 187, UFC Norfolk, and Anderson’s PEDs are all discussed.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Diego.

Preach (... except, fight Condit)

Class.

Tony.

Check out the comments on this one. Wild stuff.

Well played, Goldie.

Bobby Knux is trying.

Brunson calling out Bisping.

#wouldwatch.

Cro Cops statement saying why he’s coming back.

Dragi prijatelji i svi koji pratite moju karijeru,sigurno vec znate da za novu godinu ponovo odlazim u Japan odraditi...

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Rory wants Bellator HW tourney alternate spot.

Grains of salt, etc...

Odd but kinda cool.

Our new addition to our family Rudy #kangaroo

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Michael Bisping (30-8) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-3, 1 NC); UFC Shanghai, Nov. 25.

Max Holloway (18-3) vs. Jose Aldo (26-3); UFC 218, Dec. 2.

Ben Nguyen (18-6) vs. Jussier Formiga (20-5); UFC Perth, Feb. 10.

Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs. Saparbek Safarov (8-1); UFC Perth, Feb. 10.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Well that ended up being a really fun fight card with a couple of surprising outcomes and a KO of the year candidate to boot. Not much more you can ask from a non-premiere Fight Night event. Here’s to hoping this weekend’s card will be just as entertaining.

Have a good Monday and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

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