T.J. Dillashaw tells Mike Swick what he wants next

Disgraced former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw appeared recently on the “Real Quick with Mike Swick” podcast, and discussed what’s next after his return from a two-year suspension for injecting EPO into his butt cheek. Dillashaw would like to return with a title fight vs. the winner of champion Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6.

“I’m ready to go straight for the belt, if that’s the opportunity that comes at me, because I know Yan wants it.” said Dillashaw. “He’s already been vocally talking about it and we’ll see what happens on March 6 when he fights Sterling. He’s got a tough test ahead of him, but that’s the fight he wants. I didn’t leave this sport by losing my belt. He knows there’s a lot of speculation if he’s the real champ because he hasn’t beaten the champion to get that belt, so he wants it. As well as that, I’m the biggest draw for him right now to try to fight.”

“Maybe he’s thinking me coming back for my first fight might be the best time to catch me as well, too – to try and catch me slipping. But I mean, that’s what I want. The ultimate goal for me is to be the champion. The greatest things come to you when you’re champion, the goal is to be champion, so why not get out there and get it done.”

“I’m in a good situation. I think everyone in the top five has called me out. I want to come back and fight the best. I’m 35 years old now, I’ve got a lot of things in life going on, so I want to come back and prove that I’m the best bantamweight of all time, and I want to come back and fight the best. If that’s for the belt right away then so be it. If that’s fighting someone else in the top five, awesome.

“Every person that’s called me out, I’ve said yes to the UFC, so that’s just showing them that I’m eager to get back in there. So it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s someone that’s at the top of the game, because I’m gonna climb up and get that belt back fast.”

h/t Farah Hannoun for MMA Junkie

Join the discussion on this topic...

Share