Dillashaw Talks Garbrandt & Cruz Rematch
TJ Dillashaw was set to fight Demetrious Johnson, at least that was until his shoulder surgery led to a chain of events that would lead him back to Cody Garbrandt.
Speaking with Brandon Schaub on his show Bellow The Belt, the UFC bantamweight champion broke down how he ended up in a rematch of UFC 217 against Garbrandt.
“We agreed to [a fight with Demetrious Johnson] but then he had to get shoulder surgery and so the UFC was like, ‘We don’t know how long he’s gonna be out, we want you to fight Cody,’” Dillashaw said to Schaub on Below the Belt. “I’m still waiting for a phone call right now from my manager saying, ‘Man, the UFC wants you to fight Cody again. They think it was a fluke.’ [Laughs]. You know what I mean?
“I’m just kidding. The UFC’s put so much money and time into that kid, they loved him. They were hard for that kid. They wanted to pump him up. Even the Embeddeds coming up to this fight – I’m the world f**king champion and it’s about him! Dude, it’s f**king ridiculous. I’m just waiting for this phone call saying, ‘They want you to fight Cody again.’ Sweet! Pay me some more money, I’ll knock his ass out again.”
Dillashaw now looks to focus on the rest of the stacked bantamweight division, and one person who has been hunting for a title shot in Dominick Cruz. Cruz who took the title away from Dillashaw in 2016, has been looking for a title shot since losing the title to Garbrandt at UFC 207. The issue is that Cruz has not stepped into the Octagon since losing the title, and Dillashaw wants Cruz to prove his worth.
“The one thing I have against Cruz is he feels entitled,” Dillashaw said.
“He feels entitled to this rematch. You haven’t been active. If you’ve been active, sure you deserve the title match. But you want to be sidelined for two years saying you’re ‘injured’ [makes quotations with his fingers] and then all of a sudden I’m looking for a contender and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m ready.’ You just want to pass murderers row up. You don’t want to challenge yourself whatsoever. To me it’s a little p***y move. ‘Oh, I’m hurt.’ Sure, maybe you were hurt but go out there and prove yourself. Go out there and beat Marlon Moraes and let’s do this dance.”
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