Urijah Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto could be headed for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan


Urijah Faber still has his eyes set on a fight against Norifumi Yamamoto. Interestingly enough, Dana White revealed during a recent UFC Fight Night 52 press conference that he would love to book it if "The California Kid" escaped UFC 175 unscathed; which he did.

After T.J. Dillashaw dethroned Renan Barao as ruler of the bantamweight division at UFC 173, it didn't take long for fans to start foaming at the mouth for a potential teammate vs. teammate match up pitting T.J. against Urijah Faber.

Unfortunately, you'll have to keep dreaming, as that fight is unlikely to happen, now that Dillashaw shut down any idea of a potential scrap against the man who got him into the sport.

Then again, money talks.

A sentiment Urijah Faber echoed during a recent conversation with Fighters Only, saying that he would never want to fight his Team Alpha Male stablemate, but if a billionaire wanted to make it happen, then they are all ears.

In other words, don't hold your breath.

One man "The California Kid" is interested in facing, however, is Norifumi Yamamoto, a match up Faber -- and fans alike -- have wanted for years.

His words:

"That (Yamamoto) fight would've really been awesome, sadly it kind of went by the wayside. People don't realize how great 'Kid' Yamamoto was back in the day. I would've been a huge underdog to him. He's an accomplished fighter and that would've been an awesome fight, but at this point that ship has pretty much sailed. I'm ranked number two. I fight because I love it. I don't do it for the money. If someone had a billion dollars and wanted to make it work for the both of us, I'd talk to him. But I don't want to fight him (Dillashaw). There are all sorts of tough guys I'd like to fight. 'Kid Yamamoto, I've been asking for that for a long time."

Indeed, a match up between "Kid" and "The California Kid" has been on fight fans' wishlist for a while, dating back to the days Faber ruled World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) while Yamamoto was dominating over in Japan. Unfortunately, the two never crossed paths, and like most "super fights," the bout vanished into thin air.

But now that both men are fighting under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, a fight between the two scrappy 135-pounders can be made.

It even gets mentioned in the promotion's new video promo for later this fall (watch it).

After getting knocked out by the aforementioned Barao at UFC 169, Faber got back on the winning track this past weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175 by choking out Alex Caceres in the third round (recap). "Kid," meanwhile, hasn't had the best run since making his Octagon debut in 2011; losing all three of his fights.

While a fight between the two won't make sense rankings wise, it will definitely appease the fans who have been clamoring for this fantasy fight for quite some time. Even if it would be a few years too late.

And according to Dana White's recent comments (see them here at the 22:00 mark), he is very interested in booking Faber vs. Yamamoto at UFC Fight Night 52 when the promotion returns to "The Land of the Rising Sun" on Sept. 20, 2014.

Talk about a loaded Fight Pass card.

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