Since Cody Garbrandt won the 135 title, the heavy handed fighter’s been campaigning for a money fight with the likes of Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor, and TJ Dillashaw believes it’s all a ploy to avoid facing him.
At UFC 207, Garbrandt put on one of the year’s finest performances, and outscored Dominick Cruz to become bantamweight champ. That same night, Dillashaw decisioned John Lineker, and in doing so, the former champ remained front-and-center, in terms of a title shot.
Following Garbrandt’s win, however, “No Love” has called for bouts with Aldo or McGregor, because he wants to score a big payday. Garbrandt has also argued that Dillashaw isn’t a pay-per-view draw. Well, Dillashaw appeared on the “MMA Hour” recently, and while discussing Garbrandt, the former Team Alpha Male fighter said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s funny because, he called me out right after the fight, because he knows that’s who he should be fighting,” Dillashaw said about his former teammate. “But then in the press conference, he’ll talk about ‘oh, let’s get Cruz a rematch,’ and he says he wants to call out Aldo or McGregor? He knows he wants to do everything he can to avoid that fight. I’ve practiced with him a long time, he’s a good fighter, but he knows how tough that fight’s going to be.”
As we’ve all learned in MMA, anything can happen, but chances are Dillashaw will get his title shot. Aldo is supposed to fight Max Holloway next, and the expecting father McGregor, is reportedly taking some time off. In addition, there doesn’t seem to be much buzz about handing Cruz an immediate rematch, despite his remarkable run as WEC and UFC champ.