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T.J. Dillashaw vs. Urijah Faber? Dana White confident they would be willing to fight each other

Dana White 'promises' that Urijah Faber and T.J. Dillashaw would be willing to fight each other if offered.

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After dispatching Joe Soto on his first title defense, discussions about T.J. Dillashaw's next fight naturally popped up. Barao is out of the picture, and while the more logical step would be to face Raphael Assuncao, some of the media also asked about a potential bout against Dillashaw's Team Alpha Male stablemate in Urijah Faber.

The duo had stated in the past that they wouldn't face each other, with Dillashaw saying it would take 'a billion dollars' before he does it. White was asked about these statements at the UFC 177 press conference, and he guarantees the two teammates would face each other:

"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 these stuff. And all of these guys believe they can beat each other in the back of their minds, since they all train together."

"But when it all comes down to it, Faber would 100% fight him for way less than a billion dollars, and TJ would definitely fight him."

"It’s like Rory MacDonald is in GSP’s house - meaning his gym - he’s not gonna run around saying I want GSP for the belt. There’s a time and a place and a way to do that. You’re never gonna hear the guy say it publicly. They would never do that."

"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. I know he will. And I know TJ will fight him, too."

Faber is still just one fight removed from his last title fight loss to Barao, so before any of this can even be discussed, he has to get back in contention first. If history is any indication though, 'The California Kid' is always just a couple of wins away from a title shot, so there's a decent chance we see if Dana's promise comes to fruition sooner rather than later.

You can watch Dana's full comments on the situation on the UFC 177 post-fight media scrum.

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