Dillashaw/Garbrandt Cancelled, UFC Plans Dillashaw vs. ‘Mighty Mouse’
T.J. Dillashaw has lost his chance at reclaiming his bantamweight title for the time being, but he may be receiving a major consolation. With Cody Garbrandt falling out of their UFC 213 main event grudge match, Dillashaw is now tentatively set to drop to flyweight to face champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson in August.
UFC President Dana White confirmed with ESPN’s Bret Okamoto that Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw was officially cancelled, after Garbrandt’s attempt at quickly healing up his back injury failed to garner fast enough results.
"After his last round of treatment in Germany, they told him he’d need four weeks to rest," White said. "That would have put him two weeks out from the fight."
With Dillashaw claiming he is able to drop an extra ten pounds and make the flyweight limit of 125, White is now planning on booking him in an August fight against champion and pound-for-pound #1 fighter Demetrious Johnson.
"With Cody out, we’re going to make T.J. versus Mighty Mouse [Johnson]. That’s the plan."
If the fight comes to fruition, history will be on the line for Johnson: In April he tied the record for ten consecutive title defenses, and an eleventh would make him the only champion in history to defend his title that many times.
He’ll have perhaps his toughest test yet as a champion however. Dillashaw once held the bantamweight belt and was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport before losing to Dominick Cruz. He will be the most decorated challenger yet for Johnson, whose only adversity as champion has been finding suitable contenders to give him a challenge.