UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw first met Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. He meets Garbrandt in a rematch at UFC 227 in August.
Even though suffering a split decision loss to former champ Dominick Cruz, Dillashaw believes he has done enough to be known as the best bantamweight, however a second victory over Garbrandt would certainly solidify that.
“It puts me at the top [of the list as the all-time greatest bantamweight]. I know I’m the best bantamweight ever,” Dillashaw told Luke Thomas. “I’ve got a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz and that changed everything, a fight that I thought I won. That changed everything, but I am the best bantamweight in the world.”
“I get to continue to grow my legacy,” he added. “Then I’ll move onto the next challenge and continue to be the best pound-for-pound fighter that I possibly can be.”
“I don’t think so,” Dillashaw replied when asked if he felt he needed to fight Cruz again.
“My performances speak for themselves. We’ve got to see if Dominick Cruz can even fight. The guy can’t even get in there anymore, so we’ll see if it comes up, but right now I’ve just got to worry about knocking Cody out in three weeks.”
Dillashaw who won the fight via second round TKO believes the outcome will be the same this time.
“I don’t mind if [the fight is] going to be different,” Dillashaw said. “I’m just going to go out there and make Cody irrelevant at the weight class. I’m going to go out and finish him. He’s got no chin, he doesn’t have any technique and I think I’m going to prove to everybody in the weight class that he doesn’t belong in the top 10.”