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.
New UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt defeated one of the greatest bantamweights of all time last month - and in spectacular fashion, and now the new bantamweight king claims to have offered Cruz a rematch, but that "The Dominator" refused. "We'll see what's best". He defended the belt twice before relinquishing it to a returning Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 approximately one year ago. He defended the belt twice before suffering a series of knee injuries that kept him sidelined for almost three years. Dillashaw captured the bantamweight title with an upset victory over Renan Barao at UFC 173 in May 2014. Cruz won back the belt by defeating Dillashaw in January 2016. But, the Team Alpha Male fighter is looking for a big payday, and he doesn't think Dillashaw can deliver that. Garbrandt is confident that he would be successful against Dillashaw in a future Octagon meeting, and at least part of that sentiment stems from their history when both men were sharing the gym at Team Alpha Male.
"I don't mind whopping TJ's ass". "But there was me always there, the uncrowned champ". "He never even won the title because truly, Cruz never lost it". "He was a cancer to our team and having what he tried to do - destroy it - to make that s-t personal too".
Despite the long odds, Cody shocked the world by dominating Cruz at his own game, taunting him throughout. I'll spare everybody 60 bucks to buy the pay-per-view and put out the video of me knocking his ass out when I was 1-0. 1-0. That motherf--er never made me cry.