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T.J. Dillashaw says Urijah Faber is simply pushing for a title fight with recent rivalry

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The beef between former teammate Urijah Faber and T.J. Dillashaw seems to be one-sided.

That's according to T.J., who says he's surprised his former mentor is acting the way he is just because he decided to spread his wings and expand his knowledge by leaving Team Alpha Male to train with Elevation Fight Team in Colorado.

But, "Viper" sees the motive behind Faber's madness, as he says "The California Kid" is simply trying to get himself into a big-money championship fight against him. He said as much during a recent media conference call (via MMA Fighting).

"With me and Faber, that surprised me the way he's been acting as well. Because I'm cool with all the guys and really that's just a way for him to push for a title fight. For him to make some money. I've done nothing but show respect. I don't go out there and talk crap about Urijah and there's plenty to talk about. I'm just gonna continue to be a humble guy and appreciate what he did for me in this sport."

Teammates turned rivals? That stuff sells itself.

As for his decision leave TAM behind, Dillashaw says it's ridiculous that he's catching heat for doing something that seems to be the norm these days in mixed martial arts (MMA).

"It's just a little ridiculous that I'm getting crap for changing camps when it happens all the time. When guys are trying to better themselves or their career, they go to a new team or a new coach. It happens every day in this sport. What's the big deal? It's a little ridiculous and you just have to laugh it off, you know?"

A potential title fight between the former comrades will have to wait for now, as Dillashaw has his sights firmly set on Dominick Cruz, as the two men are geared up to headline UFC Fight Night 81, which goes down next Saturday (Jan. 17, 2016) in Boston, Massachusetts.

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