Garbrandt: UFC Wants Me To Be Champion

Even though Cody Garbrandt was dropped by TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217, the challenger for the bantamweight title feels that he has the edge heading into UFC 227.

At a media event during fight week, Garbrandt decided to level some pointed criticism towards Dilashaw, and go as far to say that the UFC doesn’t want him to be champion.

“The simple fact is, T.J. didn’t want this fight, [the UFC] had to basically tell him,” Garbrandt said at the open workouts Wednesday.

“He wanted to go down and fight Mighty Mouse. Even if he didn’t want to fight me, you didn’t see him wanting to fight Dominick [Cruz]. Dom has a win against him. He wants the easiest style match-up. He didn’t want to fight me – lord knows he doesn’t want to fight me, he knows what I bring to the table – Dominick’s already in his head with a win over him so he says, ‘I’m gonna go after Mighty Mouse.’ For what? Mighty Mouse is 125 pounds.”

Dillashaw has been campaigning for a fight with Demetrious Johnson for some time, but was pushed off for the initial fight with Garbrandt and an injury to the UFC flyweight champion.

And while the champion attempted a renewed push for the superfight to happen at UFC 226, Garbrandt knew that that would not be the case, telling reporters that the UFC wants him with the bantamweight crown and not Dillashaw.

“That’s the thing, that was my whole idea,” Garbrandt said.

“I ended up hitting up Sean Shelby and Dana White, saying I’m gonna knock T.J. out and then go down and fight Mighty Mouse. That was my original thought. T.J. stole that from me, stole everything from me. If the UFC wanted that fight to prosper, they would have made that fight happen. They don’t want that to happen. They already moved on. They want me to be the champ, that’s why the gave me the rematch. They called me and offered me the fight in March, T.J. turned it down and made all these excuses and I had to wait all the way until August to fight him. I was ready to go way before that. I told my manager, ‘I’m ready to fight. I don’t want to have my return postponed.’”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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