Garbrandt-Dillashaw Set for UFC 213
Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion T.J. Dillashaw have spent the past several weeks filming The Ultimate Fighter as opposing coaches, ahead of an eventual fight between the two coaches for the title. This weekend, UFC President Dana White announced what event that highly-anticipated fight will be on.
At the UFC 210 post-fight press conference, White confirmed that Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw will serve as the co-main event for UFC 213, the July 8 pay-per-view card that will take place at the end of the UFC’s International Fight Week.
White had been asked whether Jon Jones would return at that event, given the UFC’s desire to hold a blockbuster fight for the July pay-per-view as they always do.
“Obviously, Cody and T.J. are already on that card (at UFC 213), so yeah, we’ll see how that goes,” White said.
Garbrandt then took to Twitter to confirm that UFC 213 would be the event for his first title defense.
The main event for UFC 213 has yet to be confirmed, but White has said that he is looking to book the middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre for the headlining spot.
Either way, Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw will get the attention it deserves by being placed on such a big card. Given the bad blood between the two, which will only escalate after a season of coaching The Ultimate Fighter, the buildup is sure to be as intense as the fight itself.