Urijah Faber has reached a point in his MMA career where he can say and talk about literally anything he wants.
The former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title contender recently appeared on an episode of Submission Radio to talk about a number of subjects.
While he doesn’t have a fight lined up, “The California Kid” did just finish filming The Ultimate Fighter 22 alongside interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The two had a minor “dust-up” backstage at an event, and that fire continued to grow during filming, though a relationship also formed.
“It’s interesting,” Faber said. “(Dominick) Cruz and I don’t like each other, but Conor and I have a funny relationship. We like to talk crap to each other, but I actually think he’s a decent dude. I think as a competitor, he’s a guy that likes to win and that makes for a good competition. I was pretty pumped about it.”
During TUF, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and McGregor “got into it” on multiple occasions.
“It’s funny ’cause Conor and I have been around each other and have an interesting relationship, but him and T.J. on two different occasions have gotten into it with things escalating to them kind of bad mouthing each other,” Faber said. “So there’s a little tension there as well and I think that’s a good fight the fans would love to see.
“One time T.J. and Conor and I in the back of the Ronda Rousey fight in LA, we were in just a private little bar with celebrities and the UFC brass and words were exchanged, and TJ was talking about Conor’s title shot and Conor went back and forth and they were getting on each other’s nerves, really. So I think they ended up having to be split up a little bit.”
Faber also had stern words for former TAM head coach Duane Ludwig, who continues to work with Dillashaw and others.
“From my stand point, what I’ve seen from him, I don’t like the way he treats people,” he said. “He’s a bully, he’s done things that have really rubbed me the wrong way as far as building a positive environment, and I feel bad for the people that are stuck with him, because he takes and he takes and he takes, and it’s not the way that I built my team and I don’t appreciate his negativity.
“So for me, I’m done with the guy.”