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Morning Report: Urijah Faber hints that a fight with T.J. Dillashaw could coax him out of retirement

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On Saturday night at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden, T.J. Dillashaw got his redemption, knocking out former training partner Cody Garbrandt to recapture the UFC bantamweight title. Dillashaw and Garbrandt had been feuding as part of a long-standing beef between Dillashaw and his former training camp, Team Alpha Male, over his departure from the team years earlier. While Dillashaw’s victory closed that particular chapter in the rivalry, the story may not be entirely finished.

Answering a fan question at the MetroPCS UFC 217 Live event shortly before UFC 217 took place, Team Alpha Male’s founder and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber the fight that could get him interested in a comeback would be one with Dillashaw.

“I would say probably the [fight] with the most zeroes behind it, number one. You know, I would say probably T.J. Dillashaw. That sounds like a good time.”

Faber retired in December in his hometown of Sacramento, citing a waning passion for the actual fights as well as still having his health as reasons for stepping away. He’s stayed busy with the sport though, working as a commentator on the Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Snoopcast and remaining an integral part of Team Alpha Male as both coach and training partner. Faber even served as a coach on Garbrandt’s team for his season of The Ultimate Fighter coaching against Dillashaw, where Faber and Dillashaw almost came to blows over their disputes.

Faber also told Forbes contributor Brian Mazique before UFC 217 that fighting is the “best” and “oldest way of settling disputes on the freaking planet” and that he was hoping Garbrandt’s fight with Dillashaw would settling the intense rivalry with Dillashaw. But with his protege losing the belt, and now seemingly on the outside-looking-in for a bantamweight title shot, perhaps Faber will try to kill two birds with one stone and look to settle his personal issues with Dillashaw while taking one final crack at UFC gold. After all, he wouldn’t be the first MMA legend to come out of retirement and be given an immediate title shot.


MUST-READ STORIES

217. Three titles changed hands at UFC 217. Check out all the results here.

186. Ryan Bader defended his belt and the rest of the results from Bellator 186.

Died. LFA fighter C.J. Hancock says he died in the cage but was brought back to life.

Fighter. Despite being “crushed inside,” Michael Bisping says he won’t retire after loss.

Rematch. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vows to return, wants rematch with Rose Namajunas.

Beef. T.J. Dillashaw says Cody Garbrandt “doesn’t deserve a rematch.”


VIDEO STEW

Ariel, Marc, and Luke discussing the wonder of UFC 217.

Bellator highlights.

LFA highlights.

New episode of Lookin’ for a Fight.

Greg Hardy’s ammy MMA debut.

And Dana not ruling out Hardy in the UFC one day.

Clip from Woodley’s latest show.


LISTEN UP

Beatdown. Immediate post-fight reaction to the madness of UFC 217.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to the madness of UFC 217.

Bushido. Post-fight reaction to the madness of UFC 217.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Gokhan summing up the weekend perfectly.

GSP love.

Bisping took the loss like a champ.

I’m sorry I didn’t win. But I’m still a winner. Much love.

A post shared by Mikebisping (@mikebisping) on Nov 5, 2017 at 5:10pm PST

Woodley.

Jon, talking about GSP coming back after four years.

Cody.

Rose had herself a weekend.

#Repost @hypeordie ・・・ Rose grew this tomato from seed, and planned on having one ready by the time we got back, with the belt! THE CHAMPS HOME @rosenamajunas

A post shared by Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas) on Nov 5, 2017 at 12:31pm PST

Gaethje is hype.

I am so proud of you @rosenamajunas

A post shared by Justin Gaethje (@justin_gaethje) on Nov 4, 2017 at 8:30pm PDT

Book it.

Cool.

DC ready to defend.

Lol.

Get AJ six months of sprawl training and he’s coming for Stipe’s strap.

Clips.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2) vs. Gabriel Oliveira (10-0); Rizin FF, Dec. 29.

Ian McCall (13-5-1) vs. Manel Kape (7-1); Rizin FF, Dec. 29.

Takafumi Otsuka (23-12-2) vs. Khalid Taha (11-0); Rizin FF, Dec. 29.

Shintaro Ishiwatari (23-6-4) vs. Kevin Petshi (13-3); Rizin FF, Dec. 29.

Anthony Birchak (13-5) vs. Jae Hoon Moon (9-10); Rizin FF, Dec. 29.

Karl Albrektsson (6-1) vs. Jiri Prochazka (18-3-1); Rizin FF, Dec. 31.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2013: Tim Kennedy knocked out Rafael Natal at UFC Fight for the Troops 3.

2015: Daniel Strauss became the Bellator featherweight champion for the second time when he won a unanimous decision over Patricio Freire at Bellator 145. In the co-main event, Will Brooks won a unanimous decision over Marcin Held to retain his lightweight title.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Wow. What an absolutely crazy fight card. Three new champs in one night. GSP comes back and does the damn thing, TJ gets redemption, and Thug Rose gets gold on her second attempt. If it wasn’t the best UFC ever, it was certainly up there. We’ll be talking about this one for quite a long time.

Hope y’all enjoyed the weekend. Take it easy and Conor bless.


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