I know what most of you are thinking, Melody – my girlfriend, thinks Urijah Faber is hot. While that may be true, she is still a fan of mixed martial arts and his fights. We were talking and she popped a similar question that most of us have; why doesn’t Urijah Faber fight TJ Dillashaw?
Sure they’re friends and teammates but that doesn’t seem to stop other fighters from pummeling each other. Before being scheduled to fight Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm was going to fight friend and teammate Sarah Kaufman. Lyoto Machida knocked out good friend and training partner Mark Munoz but had dinner with him afterwards. Melody also noted that Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone have scrapped three times in the past six years but still have had friendly Super Bowl bets.
With age being his biggest enemy now, Faber is getting towards the later end of his career. Like his main event super-fight in the Philippines against Frankie Edgar, Faber stated he is only looking for the “big” fights now. What better way to end his career other than capturing the UFC Bantamweight Championship? Or as Melody frustratingly put it, “go out with a bang” and try to achieve what he wanted from the beginning, that UFC gold. A lot of mixed martial arts fans, my girlfriend and myself want to see Urijah Faber succeed before he goes away in this sport. He’s been a pioneer for the lighter weight classes for MMA.
After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, TJ Dillashaw felt like he didn’t reach all his goals with collegiate wrestling and contemplated turning to mixed martial arts. Shortly after graduating, Dillashaw was recruited by Urijah Faber to join Team Alpha Male and to pursue a career in MMA. Subsequently, he won his first four professional fights before joining the cast of season fourteen’s The Ultimate Fighter. Dominating all his opponents in the house, TJ Dillashaw was looking to become the first Ultimate Fighter Bantamweight winner. However, John Dodson stopped him in one round by TKO. That didn’t stop Dillashaw from climbing the bantamweight ladder though. He went on to win eight of his next nine fights which include a highly impressive performance of dethroning Renan Barao to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship belt, and two successful title defenses by stoppage.
TJ Dillashaw is currently the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion, a weight class where Urijah Faber has always been a fight or two away from being in title contention. Yes we know Faber coached Dillashaw, yes we know they’re friends, yes we know they train at the same gym.. well used to at least.
Recently, TJ Dillashaw announced his departure from Team Alpha Male to train with Duane Ludwig, a man he has credited so much for his recent success. Both Dillashaw and Faber have expressed how they felt with Dillashaw leaving the team and both sides have been interesting thus far.
Urijah Faber appeared on the Stud Show Radio podcast and explained why he didn’t want TJ Dillashaw coming back and sparring with Team Alpha Male. It does, in fact, make sense since Team Alpha Male has several bantamweight prospects such as TUF winner Chris Holdsworth and UFC newcomer Cody Garbrandt. Faber doesn’t want Dillashaw to come in and see any flaws that these prospects might have.
“He’s got a temper and doesn’t hold back sometimes… It doesn’t make sense for you to come in and spar with our guys.” – Urijah Faber
That doesn’t necessarily mean Faber is closing the door on longtime friend and training partner, Dillashaw. In fact, he likes TJ and has no problem maintaining a good friendship with him. Does Faber call Dillashaw his best friend? No, but Urijah doesn’t dislike him as much as he dislikes Cruz.
“If people want to leave, we never ask people to stay if they don’t want to stay. If you want to be friends, let’s be friends.” – Urijah Faber
TJ Dillashaw was recently on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and informed him that Faber has banned Dillashaw from stepping inside Team Alpha Male’s gym again, a place that Dillashaw has called home for the past six years.
“He [Faber] took it pretty hard and I was actually forced out of the gym. I’m not allowed to work out at Alpha Male anymore because of the decision I made.” – TJ Dillashaw
Despite saying, they wouldn’t fight each other. TJ Dillashaw has gone back on that statement saying that he most likely will if the opportunity arises now. Dillashaw also stated he is absolutely confident that he would win that fight between them.
“I don’t want to have to do it, but I’ll be the last statement on his career if that needs to be, but it’s not the way I really want to do it.” – TJ Dillashaw
Tension is certainly building up between Faber and Dillashaw now. If Faber can get past Frankie Saenz and if TJ can successfully defend his belt against Dominick Cruz, could we see a potential fight between teacher and student?
- TJ Dillashaw has always prepared for a mixed martial fight (amateur and professional) at Team Alpha Male.
- Urijah Faber is 0-3 in title fights but 8-1 in regular bouts in the UFC.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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