The dust has begun to settle following the Team Alpha Male-T.J. Dillashaw split.
But just as it started to become yesterday’s news, talk of a potential title shot for TAM leader Urijah Faber, the conversation breathes life once again.
While losing one of their top-level teammates and the only UFC champion may have hurt the team’s resolve, “The California Kid” says this isn’t necessarily the case.
“It’s been great, to be honest,” Faber told MMAjunkie of the team’s morale since Dillashaw left. “He was never a cancer on the team, it was something that we had to [address]. But, actually, him leaving has brought has brought the guys a lot closer.”
“It is a strange thing.”
Ranked fourth in the the promotion’s bantamweight division, Faber faces No. 13 Frankie Saenz in the headlining slot of UFC 194’s preliminary card. A victory for Faber would mark his third straight at 135 pounds. And with the three men ahead of him either hurt, recently removed from a title loss or currently scheduled to fight for the title, a victorious Faber becomes likely becomes the UFC’s top choice.
It also doesn’t hurt that Faber shares ties with either of the two men competing for the title at an upcoming UFC Fight Night event in Boston on Jan. 17. He currently holds a 1-1 record in a feud against former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, while holding a relationship with Dillashaw as one of his former training partners.
The story writes itself.