The former teammates and rivals finally battled on Saturday night, and although Garbrandt dropped Dillashaw shortly before round one ended, he was finished by the dynamic fighter in round two. Garbrandt credited Dillashaw for the win after the bout, but the now former champ also reportedly said he still believes he’s the better fighter. The Team Alpha Male fighter also apparently relayed he wants rematch.
Well, when Dillashaw was approached with the idea of rematch, here’s what the two-time champ, had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I just finished him in the second round. He doesn’t deserve a rematch,” Dillashaw said . “He’s very new in this sport, he needs to work his way back up. I should’ve gotten a rematch after that (Dominick) Cruz fight (in Jan. 2016), a very close split decision that I thought I won, and I did not get it. It took me a year-and-a-half — well actually, almost two years — to get it. So yeah, I think he’s going to definitely (need to) build himself back up.”
Garbrandt boosters would likely argue that if the former champ had more time in the opening round, he would have finished Dillashaw. So, in other words, Dillashaw shouldn’t get too carried away with citing how he stopped Garbrandt in round two.
But, at the end of the day, rounds are five minutes. That’s just the way it is. Further, Dillashaw’s right in that he had to wait nearly two years before getting another shot at the belt, and some people had him beating Cruz.
The reality is that because Garbrandt hadn’t defended the 135 title yet, he’ll likely have to score a couple of big wins, before he gets another shot at the belt. Dillashaw is campaigning hard for a bout with Demetrious Johnson, and Dana White’s said he’s on board with that fight. If that fight doesn’t come to fruition, you have Cruz fighting Jimmie Rivera on December 30th. You could easily make the case that the winner of that fight should get a title shot.