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UFC 217: Cody Garbrandt on Why Demetrious Johnson is “Next at 125 Pounds”

Kelsey Mowatt

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Cody Garbrandt has yet to defend the 135 title he took from Dominick Cruz last December. But, if he defeats T.J. Dillashaw next weekend at UFC 217, “No Love” says another TOP bantamweight isn’t next…

During a recent media call to promote the upcoming, November 4th card, Garbrandt had this to say, while discussing his future (quote via Sherdog.com):

“With a knockout over T.J., I’ve wiped out the division,” Garbrandt said. “There’s a big gap between [Dominick Cruz], myself and T.J. and it falls off from there. I always like to have a fight ahead of myself. Obviously, I’m focusing on T.J., but ‘Mighty Mouse’ is next at 125 pounds.”

How about that? Now, would the UFC sign off on this? If Garbrandt defeats Dillashaw? Maybe. Although, one would think the UFC will wait to see what happens in the December 30th bout between Dominick Cruz and Jimmy Rivera. Cruz is the greatest 135’er of all time, so if he wins, a rematch with Garbrandt would likely get tabled.

Rivera, meanwhile, has won five straight in the UFC and holds a win over Garbrandt’s mentor, Urijah Faber. So that’s a fight that also has an interesting storyline, if Rivera defeats Cruz.

Garbrandt, however, reportedly argued that neither Cruz or Rivera are “money” fights for him.

 

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