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Cody Garbrandt Argues Bout With TJ Dillashaw “Doesn’t Make Sense” From PPV “Standpoint”

Kelsey Mowatt

Cody Garbrandt

A lot of folks believe TJ Dillashaw should be the first man to challenge new bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, but the latter doesn’t seem interested in that bout.

The former teammates are both coming off big time wins at UFC 207, although Garbrandt’s in particular was huge. “No Love” outscored Dominick Cruz at the December 30th card to become the 135 champ. Dillashaw, meanwhile, worked his way to a decision win over the heavy handed John Lineker.

Since Dillashaw also decisioned top contender Raphael Assuncao earlier this year, and only lost to Cruz via split decision, many believe he should fight Garbrandt. But, the Team Alpha Male fighter is looking for a big payday, and he doesn’t think Dillashaw can deliver that. While appearing on “The MMA Hour” recently, Garbrandt said the following (quote via MMA Fighting):

“Like I said, I went for the title shot…it was a two man race,” Garbrandt said. 
“Really it was just about getting paid, getting a contract, is why T.J. squeezed back in. You know, he was selling peanut butter, and anteing up $100,000 to bribe Cruz into a title shot. Dude, I don’t want to even speak on Dillashaw. He doesn’t even draw pay-per-view buys. It’s not even a fight that makes sense from that standpoint.

“But like I said, I got my eyes on Jose Aldo. I saw something that he wanted to fight me, so I’m ready to take down another legend. That’s why I got into this sport. I’m ready to build my legacy, and then to defend it…”

Now, it may be true that Dillashaw isn’t one of the promotion’s top PPV draws, but it’s hard to imagine the UFC looking elsewhere. A fight with Aldo might materialize down the road, but Max Holloway is waiting to face the 145 champ. Garbrandt – Dillashaw is also a bout that can be promoted well, on account of the latter’s split from TAM.


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