T.J. Dillashaw's situation in the UFC's bantamweight division is a weird one.
The 30-year-old former champion lost his belt to Dominick Cruz earlier this year by a razor-thin margin, and has been in limbo ever since.
Without an immediate rematch against Cruz, Dillashaw opted to avenge a questionable 2013 loss to Raphael Assunção at UFC 200. T.J. conquered the oft-injured Brazilian via unanimous decision.
In years past, a decision win of this magnitude may have been enough for Dillashaw to receive a second crack at Cruz, but with former teammate, Cody Garbrant clamoring for a title shot at UFC 207 after knocking Takeya Mizugaki out at UFC 202, Dillashaw finds himself on the outside looking in.
So, what's Dillashaw to do? Why not cash in on that long-awaited squash match with Urijah Faber?
Just last year, Dillashaw vs. Faber was the fight to make, and fight fans were dying to watch. The two bantamweights engaged in back-and-forth trash talk that began after Dillashaw left Faber's Team Alpha Male to train at Team Elevation in Colorado, however, despite of months of tension between the two, the fight never came to fruition, and the they never ironed out a bout agreement.
So, why not now?
Both Dillashaw and Faber are unbooked following UFC 200 and 199, respectively. The timing is perfect to pair them up in Sacramento at the new Golden 1 Center on December 14 for UFC on FOX 22, alongside fellow Team Alpha Male rep, and event headliner, Paige VanZant and MMA wunderkind, Sage Northcutt.
Both Dillashaw and Faber are some of Sacramento's biggest names in MMA, and they have publicly stated that they're open to fighting each other. Dillashaw vs. Faber is the Sacramento superfight to make.