Dillashaw Calls for Fight With Mighty Mouse
Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is still set to fight Cody Garbrandt at UFC 213, but the fight becomes less likely every day with Garbrandt dealing with a serious back injury. If Garbrandt does pull out, Dillashaw has a big idea for a potential replacement fight.
With Garbrandt getting treatment for his back injury in Germany, Dillashaw has said that he is willing to drop down to flyweight and take on pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson.
With "Mighty Mouse" looking to break the record for consecutive title defenses in his next fight, Dillashaw wants to drop down to 125 lbs. and be the man to stop Johnson from making history. It looks unlikely that Johnson would be able to slide into Garbrandt’s spot on UFC 213 on July 8, but Dillashaw is willing to hold off until later in the summer if it means a massive fight vs. Johnson.
“I think shooting for that Jon Jones and Cormier card (at UFC 214) would be amazing,” Dillashaw said on Submission Radio. “Dana already said he doesn’t want to make them guys a headliner, so why not put me and Demetrious in front of them? What bigger fight could you have in front of those two guys besides me and Demetrious?"
Though Dillashaw is already setting his sights on Johnson, the fight against Garbrandt has yet to be officially cancelled. Reports are saying that Garbrandt is doubtful that he will be able to fight, however, and Dillashaw echoed those sentiments.
“Dana says as far as he’s concerned that there’s still gonna be a fight July 8th, but I highly doubt it. You know, Cody seems very mentally weak to me and he’s already making excuses about what’s going on with his back,” Dillashaw said. “He said that he’s been hurt for months and that he was supposed to be cleared March 1st.
“Well, he was running around looking like an idiot on the Ultimate Fighter and his back didn’t seem to be bothering then. He did the coaches challenge, he was trying to get in everyone’s face, trying to fight then, but then all of a sudden when we’re getting closer to the fight and things are about to get real, he’s hurt.”