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Urijah Faber would unretire to fight TJ Dillashaw for UFC bantamweight belt

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Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber (34-10) had a bunch of opportunities to win a championship title under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) umbrella, but unfortunately, came up empty each time.

But that doesn’t mean Team Alpha Male (TAM) was unable to claim gold, thanks to TJ Dillashaw’s win over Renan Barao to capture the crown. That title was eventually returned to Dominick Cruz, who then surrendered it to TAM slugger Cody Garbrandt.

Somewhere during that span, Dillashaw left TAM under the worst of circumstances.

In fact, the rivalry between Dillashaw and his former team — coached by Faber — is bitter enough to coax “The California Kid” out of retirement for one more fight, which would give TAM the opportunity to bring the belt back home.

“I would say probably the [fight] with the most zeroes behind it, number one,” Faber told fans during a MetroPCS Q&A (via MMA Fighting) about what could lure him out of retirement. “You know, I would say probably T.J. Dillashaw. That sounds like a good time.”

Faber, 38, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) last December.

Dillashaw stopped Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 217, which took place last Saturday night in New York City. While “No Love” is confident they’ll run it back, Dillashaw is more interested in taking the title from flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson.

Then we have the winner of this fight (featuring two fighters who already beat Faber), which means the chances of Faber returning for a title fight are currently idling on the corner of Slim & None.