Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The UFC needs major stars and thought for a time they might have one with Cody Garbrandt. That plan was thwarted by T.J. Dillashaw, who beat Garbrandt in Round 2 with a performance bonus winning KO. Then the UFC curiously granted Garbrandt an immediate rematch, despite the bout ending definitively and it being Garbrandt's first title defense. In the rematch, Dillashaw beat Garbrandt in Round 1 with a performance bonus winning TKO.

Dillashaw appeared on the latest edition of Brendan Schaub’s Below the Belt to talk about it all.

“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,’” said Dillashaw, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “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***ing champion and it’s about him! Dude, it’s f***ing 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.”

A trilogy fight next is not happening, but a title defense vs. Dominick Cruz could well be. Cruz won a Split Decision over Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81 on January 17, 2016. The winner would be the bantamweight G.O.A.T. However, Dillashaw is being coy.

“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 air quotations] 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.”