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Faber: I Have to Say Yes to TJ Fight

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A longtime friendship won’t hold Urijah Faber back from staking his latest claim for the UFC’s bantamweight title, “The California Kid” recently admitted.

Luckily for MMA fans, it won’t hold the promotion’s champion T.J. Dillashaw back either.

As the story unfolded, Dillashaw decided to leave Faber’s Team Alpha Male in Sacramento for greener pastures in Colorado with Elevation Fight Team. Understandably so, Faber wasn’t too pleased with Dillashaw’s decision to follow the team’s former coach, Duane Ludwig, to Denver. The words that came from Faber’s tongue in the following days were proof enough of that.

What’s more, Dillashaw wasn’t too pleased with Faber’s response, admitting he’d be willing to defend his crown against his former teammate if Faber decided it was the right decision.

According to Faber, it is, in fact, the right decision.

“At this point, I don’t really have a reason not to fight him other than that we’ve been friends for a long time,” Faber said on the Opie and Jim Norton Show (h/t MMAFighting).Before, it was ‘We’re on the same team.’ We’re not, now. I’ve got to say ‘Yes’ to it at this point.

First things first, Faber needs to get past Frankie Saenz on Dec. 11. If all goes well for “The California Kid,” he’ll still need Dillasahaw to successfully defend his belt against the division’s former champion Dominick Cruz in January. If all goes well — and there’s a good chance it may not, if Cruz has anything to say about it — we may very well be seeing the Dillashaw and Faber lock horns in 2016.

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