Urijah Faber explains why rival T.J. Dillashaw should get next title shot against Aljamain Sterling


Urijah Faber is preparing for the first event of his new MMA promotion. He was asked his opinion on UFC’s bantamweight champion picture. One he believes his rival has been involved in.

The former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title challenger will present the inaugural Urijah Faber’s A-1 Combat event this Sunday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside of Sacramento, Calif., and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Faber was the matchmaker when it came to the UFC’s 135-pound Division and who might be the next challenger for Aljamain Sterling. Is it Jose Aldo? Do Jose Aldo and Dillashaw have to fight for the top position?

“Man that is a great question!” Faber said to MMA Fighting On Heck of a Morning. “Obviously, I would love to see [Dillashaw] vs. Aldo, but I would also like to see Aldo vs. ‘Aljo.’

” I don’t believe that T.J. has to prove that he isn’t there yet. Cory Sandhagen could be the champion or even a contender for title. He’s an amazing fighter, they had a close fight and some people thought Sandhagen won. Right now, for relevancy, I think T.J. vs. ‘Aljo’ is the fight to make, and then Aldo gets the winner of that. T.J. and Aldo would make a great fight. But, you don’t have the same amount of metal so the fight is dulled. Aldo also lost to Petr Yan so the story remains T.J. and Aljo vs. Aljo. Aldo has been a fighter that took Yan’s loss and has looked amazing. .”

As far as Faber the fighter goes, he hasn’t competed since a KO loss to Yan at UFC 245 in December 2019 — although “The California Kid” has mentioned an interest in a potential fight with Cub Swanson down the road.

Now that Faber is sporting his promoter hat and Sterling seemingly at a crossroads, Faber was asked which side he would choose to be the fantasy matchmaker. Would it be Dillashaw or Aldo.

“I would say T.J. [gets the shot],” Faber said.